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HIV and Breastfeeding - New WHO guidelines

Oct 10, 2010

In light of the latest PMTCT and breastfeeding guidelines released by WHO, I would like to know if it's recommendations pertain to people in first world countries as well or only for people in third world countries with little or no access to clean water etc. I live in South Africa, and would consider myself part of the middle class. I have access to private health care and clean water to make formula, but I would love to breastfeed my baby. I am on ARV;s (norvir, reyetaz, and truvada) My cd4 count is over 500 and my viral load undetectable for about 2 years(less than 20copies)However, I dont want to put my baby at risk.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The current US CDC and Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommend NOT breast feeding, even if on HIV treatment. I don't know whether that will change, given the new WHO guidelines from this summer.

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