In those circumstances where artificial feeding is not available or is not socially accepted, zidovudine can be administered to infants to reduce the risk of HIV infection from mother to child. What is desirable in any cas is avoid to nurse the baby for obvious reasons.
Data available indicate that the drug is well tolerated by the infant.
Warning of the manufacturer:
Health professionals recommend that HIV infected women do not breast feed their infants to avoid HIV transmission. After administration of a single dose of 200 mg of zidovudine to women infected with HIV, the average concentration of zidovudine in human milk and serum were similar. Therefore, since the drug and the virus pass into breast milk, it is recommended that mothers taking zidovudine are not breast feed their children.