Gestational Diabetes

My doctor told me today that I have gestational diabetes. Will this affect breastfeeding?

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that starts while you are pregnant. Many mothers with gestational diabetes go on to breastfeed successfully. If you breastfeed, both you and your baby will be less likely to get type II diabetes.

If your baby is born with low blood sugar, your breastmilk will help to keep their blood sugar stable. Your mature milk might come in later than other mothers. But you can help make sure you have plenty of milk. Latching your baby frequently, stimulating your nipples, hand expressing your milk, and holding your baby skin to skin all help. While you are pregnant, your WIC dietitians can recommend healthy foods and snacks. These help with gestational diabetes as well!

 

SOURCES:

https://bit.ly/3koFvei 

https://www.laleche.org.uk/diabetes-and-breastfeeding/

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