Things have really changed with HIV over the years. About 5-15 years ago, many HIV-positive women gave birth to babies who contracted the virus from them and died. In fact, many mothers and fathers learned of their own HIV status through their sick child. But now we know many HIV-positive mothers who are giving birth to HIV-negative babies.
And this is why I'm a bit surprised that these HIV+ women won't breastfeed, especially now that they've been given a green light to do so. In fact, they basically open themselves up to cultural ridicule. And besides that, baby formula is expensive ($7.50 for a 14 oz. can). Why do they make this decision? They will do anything to give their child a fair chance in life. Many have already lost one child to HIV and simply aren't willing to take the risk on another child.