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For women who are taking Aptivus, breastfeeding should generally be avoided. It is typically recommended that women with HIV or AIDS avoid breastfeeding because the HIV virus can be transmitted from a mother to her nursing child. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about Aptivus and breastfeeding in your particular situation to further discuss the risks.

Can I Breastfeed While Taking Aptivus?

It is not known if Aptivus® (tipranavir) passes through breast milk. However, breastfeeding is not recommended for women with HIV or AIDS in developed countries (such as the United States) in order to reduce the chance of transmitting HIV infection to their infants. Therefore, most women taking Aptivus should avoid breastfeeding.

Aptivus and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

At this time, no research has been conducted on whether Aptivus passes through breast milk. However, the HIV virus can pass through breast milk. Therefore, any HIV-infected woman who can safely feed her baby with formula should not breastfeed. There are some situations in which formula feeding is not safe, such as if no clean water supply is available to mix the formula or to wash the bottles. In these situations, it is difficult to know whether breastfeeding or formula feeding is more dangerous. In general, using both breastfeeding and formula feeding is the most dangerous, as digestive system irritation or infections from unclean water can allow HIV to pass into the body from the digestive tract more easily.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Aptivus and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Aptivus and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about Aptivus and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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