Breastfeeding and Gestational Diabetes

 

Can women with gestational diabetes breastfeed their babies? 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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by Brenda Bell
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