Drink up, kid! Nipple shields keep babies safe from HIV

Drink up, kid! Nipple shields keep babies safe from HIV

Baby formula isn’t the only way to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission. A nipple shield could be cost-effective and healthier.

HIV infects 400,000 children each year, and breastfeeding greatly increases that possibility, according to the Science and Development Network.

If breastfeeding is too risky, is formula the best alternative? The answer might not be what you expect.

Mothers who have sore nipples or latch-on trouble already use nipple shields for breastfeeding. The improved nipple shield JustMilk was introduced at the International Development Design Summit in 2008 and aims to inactivate the HIV virus through a removable insert.

According to the Science and Development Network, “formula feeding is often unsafe, expensive and impractical, especially in developing countries, where formula-fed babies face a higher risk of malnutrition, diarrhea and other infections from water-borne disease.

The JustMilk shield remains in its initial phases and needs to be thoroughly tested. If effective, it could be lifesaving and cost-effective. Check out the video to see how the nipple shield works.

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