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 Nicole Purcell
I have a friend, M, who has diabetes and never, ever tests her bloodsugar before she gets behind the wheel. This has always worried me about her. On Wednesday, she had a bad accident after passing out behind the wheel. She hit another car head on. I thank the universe that no one was killed, but she and the driver of the other vehicle were both badly injured. She's got a long healing road ahead of her, as does the woman she hit. I was talking about the...