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Breast Feeding

Hiv+ and brestfeeding

10/29/2004

Question:

I was diagnosed hiv+ but i didnt tell my mom and i need to know what i can take in order for me not to produce milk

Answer:

Currently there are no medications for the suppression of lactation.

To decrease your production of breast milk you can use mechanical methods.

These include wearing a bra continuously beginning within six hours of birth. The bra should be snugly fitting and supportive. The bra provides support and helps to decrease the discomfort that occurs as the breast fill. Ice packs may also be used. These should be placed under the arm on the breast tissue for twenty minutes four times a day. If engorgement should occur you may also use ice to relieve the discomfort.

You will at sometime need to discuss your health care issues with your mother. I would suggest that you talk with your health care provider on how best to approach this issue with you mother.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati