Feeding a baby while living with HIV resources

Information about HIV and infant feeding

Are you thinking about how to feed your baby while living with HIV? Here are some useful questions to ask

British HIV Association
BHIVA’s guidelines on feeding infants while living with HIV are part of the pregnancy guidelines. Search for the pregnancy guidelines on their website.

World Health Organisation
WHO is an agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. Guidance on infant feeding and HIV can be found on their website

NAM Aidsmap
NAM is a charity that provides information about HIV and AIDS. Search on their website to find their HIV & Women booklet. The also have useful information about the pros and cons of disclosing your HIV status.

PROMISE Study on HIV and breastfeeding
Flynn, P.M., et al., Prevention of HIV-1 Transmission Through Breastfeeding: Efficacy and Safety of Maternal Antiretroviral Therapy Versus Infant Nevirapine Prophylaxis for Duration of Breastfeeding in HIV-1-Infected Women With High CD4 Cell Count (IMPAACT PROMISE): A Randomized, Open-Label, Clinical Trial. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2018. 77(4): p. 383-392.

UK charities that support mothers and families living with HIV

4M Mentor Mothers Network
4M trains women living with HIV to support others.

Body & Soul
London-based charity that has free online resources

Holds support groups with women with HIV

Where to get free formula milk when living with HIV in the UK

Some HIV clinics and HIV support charities provide free formula milk to mothers and families living with HIV. At the time of publication, the following charities provided free formula milk:

Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) (UK & Ireland)
BHA Leeds Skyline (Leeds)
The Food Chain (London)
George House Trust (Manchester)
Sussex Beacon (Sussex)
Waverly Care (Glasgow)

Health advice for migrants

Information for migrants from the UK government about HIV

Support for people with no access to public funds or benefits

Maternity Action
A UK charity that promotes parents’ rights. Search ‘public funds’ for their information for parents who are not entitled to benefits or support in the UK.