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Feeding your baby when you are HIV positive

Written by Dietician: Azza Motarashutterstock 47549641

Every mother seeks to provide the best for their child in every aspect of their lives. Mothers infected with HIV are faced with the important decision of how they will feed their new-born babies. It is generally known that breast milk is the best milk for every infant. Whilst this holds true, it poses a challenge to HIV-infected mothers because their breast milk, which contains the HI virus, is capable of infecting their babies. Guidelines in the past have therefore discouraged these mothers from breastfeeding and encouraged them to only formula feed (exclusive formula feeding). This is still an option for mothers provided that they are able to afford the resources to prepare formula safely and in a manner that is suitable.