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Posted by: clare | 2011/03/17

Breastfeeding and HIV

Is breast milk still healthy for the baby if i have discovered that I am HIV positive?

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Hallo Clare
There is a higher risk that your baby can become HIV positive through breast milk. Read this article: http://www.thebody.com/content/art13590.html
Some clinics provide formula milk to HIV + mothers with small babies - ask at your local clinic. If your baby is older than 1 year, you can give full fat cow's milk (600-750 ml per day) plus iron supplement and solid food.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2011/03/17

Hallo Clare
There is a higher risk that your baby can become HIV positive through breast milk. Read this article: http://www.thebody.com/content/art13590.html
Some clinics provide formula milk to HIV + mothers with small babies - ask at your local clinic. If your baby is older than 1 year, you can give full fat cow's milk (600-750 ml per day) plus iron supplement and solid food.
Dr Bets

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