The HIV virus CAN BE transmitted from mother to baby through breast milk.
Recent research shows that babies born to HIV positive mothers who are not born with HIV can contract the virus through breast milk.
We DO NOT recommend that women who are HIV positive breastfeed.
Although we do believe breast milk is the best nutrition for all babies, the milk of women who are HIV positive may not be safe. We recommend that HIV positive women refrain from breastfeeding and from distributing their breast milk in any way.
We may be able to help you get breast milk for your baby if you are HIV positive.
Please contact us and we will try to help connect you with an agency that can provide donor milk. Donor milk will offer your baby all the same health benefits as your own breast milk without the risk of HIV.
We do recommend that all pregnant women get tested for HIV.
⇒ Many people who are HIV positive live for years without any symptoms.
⇒ About 1 in 4 people who have HIV do not know they have it.
⇒ The only way to know for sure is to get tested!
Free HIV testing is available at the following Central Florida locations:
⇒ CENTAUR, 100 W. Columbia St., Orlando. 407-245-0014
⇒ Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention, 641 N. Rio Grande Ave., Orlando. 407-648-9440
⇒ Farmworkers Association of Florida, 1264 Apopka Blvd., Apopka. 407-886-5151
⇒ Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community Center, 946 N. Mill Ave., Orlando. 407-228-8272
⇒ Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, 1935 Woodcrest Dr., Winter Park. 407-645-2577
⇒ HUG-Me Program, 5655 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-888-1330
⇒ Joel Lawrence Foundation, 804 S. Thompson Ave., Deland. 386-747-5504
⇒ Orange Blossom Family Health Center, 232 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. 407-428-5751
⇒ Outreach Community Care Network, 240 N. Frederick Ave. Ste. A, Daytona Beach. 386-255-5569
⇒ Place of Comfort, 947 Longdale Ave., Longwood. 407-539-0885
⇒ Volusia County Health Department, 909 N. Stone St., Deland. 386-882-6215
Not in Central Florida? Visit http://hivtest.org/ to find a testing site near you.
Hector Cruz is the Founder of the global campaign “Project: BreastFeeding”. He is passionate about helping to educate men of the importance of their roles in breastfeeding support. He is married and has a beautiful daughter and two dogs.