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Your comments on breastfeeding
Oct 28, 1999

This was posted in response to the woman who was trying to lose weight after pregnancy:

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*If* you are going to mention breastfeeding in an HIV forum, I think it is really irresponsible not to address the issue of potential HIV transmission. As it stands, the doctor's response can really be interpreted as encouraging breastfeeding (to lose weight). Please consider removing this post entirely from the website. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Dear Concerned, Your concern is a real one. Breastfeeding does increase the risk of transmission to the baby and is usually discouraged in HIV+ women. Additionally if the mother is being treated, many of the drugs may be in the milk too and if the baby does not need those drugs, it is probably a good idea to avoid them. Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.


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