"They call our children 'Nevirapine Babies'": A qualitative Study about Exclusive Breastfeeding among HIV Positive Mothers in Malawi

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"They call our children 'Nevirapine Babies'" : A qualitative Study about Exclusive Breastfeeding among HIV Positive Mothers in Malawi. / Østergaard, Lise Rosendal; Bula, Agatha.

In: African Journal of Reproductive Health, Vol. 14, No. 3, 09.2010, p. 213-222.

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Harvard

Østergaard, LR & Bula, A 2010, '"They call our children 'Nevirapine Babies'": A qualitative Study about Exclusive Breastfeeding among HIV Positive Mothers in Malawi', African Journal of Reproductive Health, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 213-222.

APA

Østergaard, L. R., & Bula, A. (2010). "They call our children 'Nevirapine Babies'": A qualitative Study about Exclusive Breastfeeding among HIV Positive Mothers in Malawi. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 14(3), 213-222.

Vancouver

Østergaard LR, Bula A. "They call our children 'Nevirapine Babies'": A qualitative Study about Exclusive Breastfeeding among HIV Positive Mothers in Malawi. African Journal of Reproductive Health. 2010 Sep;14(3):213-222.

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Østergaard, Lise Rosendal ; Bula, Agatha. / "They call our children 'Nevirapine Babies'" : A qualitative Study about Exclusive Breastfeeding among HIV Positive Mothers in Malawi. In: African Journal of Reproductive Health. 2010 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 213-222.

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