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Can an hiv+ woman breast feeding her baby?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Bad, bad idea

In health, breast feeding has many benefits, and in the very poor nations, the lack of a good alternative may make it worth the risk.
In the developed world, it is far safer to use a good substitute because of the risk of transmission to the baby. On this subject, there's an unanimity rare in real science. This is an emotional issue with militants offering misinformation -- be warned.

In brief: Bad, bad idea

In health, breast feeding has many benefits, and in the very poor nations, the lack of a good alternative may make it worth the risk.
In the developed world, it is far safer to use a good substitute because of the risk of transmission to the baby. On this subject, there's an unanimity rare in real science. This is an emotional issue with militants offering misinformation -- be warned.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Usually yes

With proper medical management -- i.
e. anti-HIV drugs to treat the infected, nursing mother, and/or to treat the baby for prevention, almost always nursing is safe. Even without treatment, it may be safest to nurse the baby for a few months. Most babies still remain free of HIV, even after 6 months. But obviously this is a difficult choice. Discuss with your and the baby's doctors.

In brief: Usually yes

With proper medical management -- i.
e. anti-HIV drugs to treat the infected, nursing mother, and/or to treat the baby for prevention, almost always nursing is safe. Even without treatment, it may be safest to nurse the baby for a few months. Most babies still remain free of HIV, even after 6 months. But obviously this is a difficult choice. Discuss with your and the baby's doctors.
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