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Diablos was diagnosed in 2017. Her partner (and father of her baby) knows about her HIV status, but her sister does not know about it. Diablos formula fed her baby to avoid all risk of HIV transmission.

  • Background

    Diablos is Black African and has a partner and two children, one aged 21 years and an 11-month-old baby.

  • Age at interview 39
  • Deborah

    Deborah decided to breastfeed her new baby at the beginning but is now formula feeding with milk from the GP.

  • Background

    Deborah is Black African and is single, with two children, a 7-year-old child and an 11-month-old baby.

  • Age at interview 44
  • Sherry

    Sherry chose to formula feed her new baby to remove all risk of HIV transmission. Even though her older children were born before her HIV diagnosis, she only breastfed them for a short period of time, because she did not like breastfeeding. Sherry has had no concerns about formula feeding her youngest baby.

  • Background

    Sherry is single and has four children aged 26, 15 and 13 years old, and an 18-month-old baby.

  • Age at interview 42
  • Gracelove

    Gracelove chose to breastfeed her new baby for its nutritional and bonding benefits. She was comfortable breastfeeding, as she had breastfed her older child (born before her HIV diagnosis).

  • Background

    Gracelove is of Black African descent. She is separated and has two children, a 6-year-old child and a 6-month-old baby.

  • Age at interview 38