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infant feeding choices for HIV positive mothers
Jun 18, 2002

What choices are available for an HIV positive mother when feeding her child?

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

This depends very much on your resources. Guidelines suggest that if you are HIV-infected in a developed country you should consider avoiding breastfeeding.

Those guidelines vary according to availability of viable breastfeeding substitutes. In "resource-poor" countries, breastfeeding is controversial, but often recommended.

Assuming you are located in a developed country, you may want to ask your obstetrician and pediatrician for more specific advice on what to use instead of breastfeeding that meets your and your child's needs and is available to you. Best wishes!

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