Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding For Women Living With HIV in Australia Resource
If you are living with HIV, are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you may be thinking about breastfeeding your baby, and whether it is safe or advisable.
This resource is the first of its kind in Australia and was developed by NAPWHA (National Association of People With HIV Australia) and Positive Women Victoria in 2021. It is for women who are living with HIV and want to understand the issues around breastfeeding or formula feeding. After reading this resource, we hope you will feel encouraged by the news that although medical and health experts agree that formula feeding is still the safest option, breastfeeding is increasingly being recognised as an option that may be open to some women living with HIV in Australia.
If you’d like a printed copy, we will post it to you. Email: email@example.com or phone: (03) 9863 8747 .
The Optimal Scenario & Context of Care: Guidance for Healthcare Providers regarding infant feeding options for people living with HIV
This updated guidance for healthcare providers with regard to the infant feeding options available to people living with HIV in Australia titled The Optimal Scenario and Context of Care offers guidance for a shared decision-making process between a person living with HIV and their healthcare providers to ensure that informed choices are made concerning infant feeding options.
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition among healthcare providers, researchers and clinicians that breastfeeding can be a viable choice for people living with HIV if they follow several criteria and are willing to engage in strategies to reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
WATCH the joint launch of the ASHM guidance on infant feeding and the Breastfeeding for women living with HIV in Australia Resource at the ASMH2021 Conference (online 6-9 September 2021). (link tba soon)
RESOURCES ON BREASTFEEDING/CHESTFEEDING FOR WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV
The Well Project (USA) – Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and HIV: Supporting Informed Choices
(The Well Project is run by women living with HIV in the US and this page on Breastfeeding contains personal stories (video and text), video presentations, articles, factsheets, scientific reports and resources. The page is updated regularly with all the latest news and events.)
(This extensive list, which is updated regularly, contains breastfeeding resources from the US and around the world.)
ICW-NA (International Community of Women living with HIV – North America) joins forces with 4M – a peer-led program that trains women living with HIV across the UK to become Mentor Mothers. The webinar will feature two physicians who are well-versed on the topic, as well as a number of Mentor Mothers living with HIV discussing and debating all things breast/chestfeeding in the US and the UK.