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02 Aug 2010

breast feeding
I would like to that breastfeeding while HIV.

My wife is HIV positive ,is it right for to breastfeed while she give our baby some little formula while she''s busy just a little
i want to if it could harm our baby
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Thabang
For women who are HIV-positive, WHO guidelines suggest 1. give suitable replacements for breastmilk, provided these are affordable for six months and can be prepared accurately and hygienically–risk of HIV infection by breastmilk is thereby eliminated; 2. where suitable replacement feeding is not possible, exclusively
breastfeed for 4 months (low risk of infecting baby with HIV) followed by formula feeds after 4 months 3. manually express and heat-treat breastmilk.
It is not advised to mix breastfeeding and formula as this increases the risk of the baby becoming HIV positive.
She can rather express milk and put it in the fridge to give to baby when she is not available.
Dr Bets
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