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revisiting a breastfeeding question
Jun 12, 2002

I was reading about breastfeeding from about a year ago (march or so) where someone asked about heating mother's milk to kill hiv and maintain benefits of breastfeeding. Has there been anything new on that in the past year?

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

Breasfeeding can be a significant potential source of infection. While heating may reduce the amounts of infectious virus, it is not guaranteed. So, in situations in which safe feeding alternatives (i.e., formula) are available, most experts would still recommend that HIV positive women not breastfeed their infants.

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