A study has found that antibodies in breast milk can help neutralize HIV and even kill HIV-infected cells.
This is the first study to look into these antibodies and their infection blocking functions.
It also showed that by enhancing these antibodies, it can help reduce HIV transmission via breastfeeding. Currently around half of all 350,000 new infant HIV infections every year come from breast milk.
The only alternative is formula feeding, which does not provide as much nutrients as possible.