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Question

I’m undetectable, can I breastfeed?

I’ve been on ART for 6 months and my virus is now undetectable with a CD4 count of 898, I want to have a baby my question is, is it safe to breastfeed if you are undetectable?

Answer

Thanks for getting in touch.

Guidelines relating to breastfeeding vary depending on where it is that someone lives. In the UK, even if a woman has an undetectable viral load the advice is not to breastfeed. Please see here for why: http://i-base.info/htb/34455

If you are wanting to breastfeed this is something that you will need to discuss with your consultant.

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