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Initially, Stephen was keener about breastfeeding than his partner Holly, but will support whatever decision she makes once the baby is born. They are leaning towards breastfeeding, mainly because of the health benefits to the baby.

  • Background

    Stephen is White British and does not have HIV. He lives with his partner Holly, who is living with HIV. Holly is pregnant with their first child.

  • Age at interview 37
  • Edward

    Edward and Marella formula fed their first child but are planning to breastfeed their unborn baby.

  • Background

    Edward is White British and does not have HIV. He lives with his wife, Marella, who is living with HIV. They have a two-year-old child, and Marella is eight months...

  • Age at interview 32
  • Amina

    Amina was diagnosed with HIV in 2021, the same day she found out she was pregnant. She is undecided about whether to breastfeed or formula feed her baby.

  • Background

    Amina is British Asian and works in further education. She is married and pregnant with her first baby.

  • Age at interview 23
  • Maria

    Maria was diagnosed with HIV in 2012 and has no idea how she got it. She was pleased when she learned that breastfeeding was an option and loved it.

  • Background

    Maria is British Asian and is married, with a 16-month-old child.

  • Rachel

    Rachel had planned to breastfeed her baby, but because of various clinical reasons she was not able to and feels disappointed about this.

  • Background

    Rachel is of Black African descent works as a care worker. She has a 5-month-old baby.

  • Age at interview 30
  • Layla

    Formula was recommended when Layla's first child was born prematurely based on there being limited data on HIV transmission risks in premature babies. Layla feels that having formula fed her older child made her decision to formula feed her new baby a bit easie.

  • Background

    Layla is Black British African and is married with two children, a 3-year-old and an 11 month old baby.

  • Age at interview 35
  • Maya

    Based on hearing that there was a small risk of transmitting HIV through breastfeeding, Maya chose to formula feed. She felt supported by her consultant, who talked about how women have many reasons for not choosing breastfeeding, not just HIV.

  • Background

    Maya is Black Caribbean, and she and her partner have an 11-month-old baby.

  • April

    April was and healthcare team, she decided to formula feed her baby.

  • Background

    April is Black African and has three children, aged 17 and 7 years old, and a 4-month-old baby.

  • Age at interview 40
  • Tina

    Tina was diagnosed more than ten years ago and has seen how the infant feeding guidelines have changed to support others who wish to breastfeed. She had intended to breastfeed but on having twin babies who were born premature, she decided to formula feed.

  • Background

    Tina is White British and is married with twin babies aged seven and a half months old.

  • Age at interview 36
  • Swelihle

    Swelihle lives in a shared house with three other women and four other children. Her partner comes to help her sometimes. She was diagnosed with HIV in 2018 while pregnant with her older child and started treatment late into her pregnancy.

  • Background

    Swelihle is Black African and has a partner and two children, a two-year-old child and a five-month-old baby.

  • Age at interview 26