Breastfeeding and gestational diabetes

0e6d33e5-2649-11df-9d36-0017a4aa266a The answer is yes!

In addition to all the known benefits breast milk and nursing offer your baby, breastfeeding may actually kick-start your pancreas, improving beta cell function and lowering your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding also burns extra calories (about 800 daily) and can help you lose excess pregnancy weight.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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Last Modified Date: November 27, 2012

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