Diabetes and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and diabetes are quite compatible. Lactation will even help you control your blood sugar as you transition from pregnancy to postpartum. Being diabetic you already paying close attention to your diet. Be aware that breastfeeding diabetics need to pay even closer attention to diet.

During a breastfeeding session keep water and snacks within reach to help prevent becoming hypoglycemic while nursing. Your normal insulin injections are generally safe to use while breastfeeding. Oral hypoglycemic medications are not safe to use while you breastfeed. Check finding safe medications while breastfeeding resource page to find out more about breastfeeding and drug contradictions.  If the medications you currently use to manage your diabetes falls on the unsafe to use while breastfeeding list, work with your doctor and lactation consultant in concert to explore other options.

Diabetes and breastfeeding presents some special challenges as diabetic mothers tend to get more yeast infections and suffer more frequently from mastitis than non-diabetic mothers. Paying increased attention to your your breasts while breastfeeding will help prevent plugged ducts.

On top of all the other benefits of breastfeeding, several breastfeeding studies have indicated that breastfeeding your child helps lower their risk of getting Type I diabetes.

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