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 had a bad one last night. A scary low bloodsugar that reminded me just how tenuous diabetes makes my existence. I hate those. I hate the feeling that I'm anything less than a strong, capable woman. Diabetes, like a sledge hammer to the knees, has a way of hobbling the confidence I have in my health, strength and well-being. It is both frustrating and disheartening. It's 2:00 am and a good friend called from their third shift job because they needed someone. Just...