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Nipple shield that prevents HIV transmission

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melpomene Mon 22-Sep-08 20:31:28

A simple nipple shield that prevents HIV transmission from a breast-feeding mother to her child has been devised by a Cambridge University engineer.

article here

charchargabor Mon 22-Sep-08 20:37:05

That is fascinating. Would be concerned about the chemicals in the nipple shields though, even if they were in non-toxic concentrations.

MadamAnt Mon 22-Sep-08 20:42:23

That is great! Very heart-warming to hear of scientists developing pro-BF devices.

cupsoftea Mon 22-Sep-08 20:43:58

How to clean it when no clean water & facility to do so?

MadamAnt Mon 22-Sep-08 21:03:58

I'm guessing that would be no more of a problem than the alternative (bottle-feeding).

hoppybird Tue 23-Sep-08 13:04:57

That's a great innovation, and it certainly shows that bf is viewed as important. I also liked this paragraph:

"We were concerned that using our nipple shield could be stigmatizing, since it would identify a mother as HIV infected," said Mr Gerrard.

"We're considering marketing it as a way to deliver medicines or micronutrient supplements to aid breast feeding. For example, they can also be used for iron or iodine deficiency."

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