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hiv and breastfeeding
Jan 5, 2013

Under exceptional circumstances, and after seeking expert professional advice on reducing the risk of transmission of HIV through breastfeeding, a highly informed and motivated mother might be assisted to breastfeed. Department of Health4 Hello doc i copied and pasted the extract above. i have been reading too much literature about hiv and breastfeeding . so how possible is it for the mother not to transcript the virus to the baby. Am in the united states.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and good to hear back from you.

The Department of Health quote comes from the United Kingdom in 2005- so this is the most relevant or current idea.

Here in the US, breast feeding by HIV+ mothers is not recommended by current medical practice or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as transmission of HIV to the infant is possible.


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