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Flash pasteurization

Normally it is safe to breastfeed your baby as long as you are taking your ARVs or giving your baby Nevirapine. But there are just a few times when you will want to take extra care with your breastmilk to make sure it cannot transmit HIV.

You shouldn’t breastfeed when:

  • Your nipples are bacly cracked and bleeding
  • Your baby has open cuts in the mouth
  • A health provider has told you that the amount of HIV in your blood (viral load) is high.

At these times, you can kill any HIV in your breastmilk by boiling it before feeding it to your baby. This is called ‘flash pasteurization’. If people ask why you are boiling your milk, you don’t have to tell them about your HIV status. All you need to say is, “I am doing what’s best for my baby”.

Find out exactly how to do flash pasteurization in your own home.

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