A mother’s major concern is her baby’s health. If she is has a condition which can affect her baby’s growth and development in the womb she will naturally be concerned if she should breastfeed her child? Whether breastfeeding will adversely affect her child?
No, breastfeeding does not adversely affect the baby if you have gestational diabetes. Even if you have gestational diabetes you should breastfeed your baby. It has several health benefits for both for you and your baby.
Babies of mother with gestational are at risk of developing several complications such as;
If you start breastfeeding early and feed the baby frequently these complications can be minimized or even prevented. According to research breastfed babies of diabetic mother’s are admitted less often in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Breastfeeding may protect your baby later in life form obesity and Type II Diabetes.
Breastfed babies of mother’s with gestational diabetes have healthier glucose metabolism and less insulin resistance. Breastfeeding provides both short-term and probably in the long-term advantages. Gestational diabetes has been shown to increase your future risk of impaired glucose tolerance and developing Type II Diabetes (NIDDM). Breastfeeding tends to return to your glucose tolerance to normal faster than non-breastfeeding mother’s with gestational diabetes. Breastfeeding can probably decrease your risk of developing Type II Diabetes later in life.
All these advantages of breastfeeding for you and your baby make it especially important if you have had gestational diabetes.
Breastfeeding is the recommended method of feeding all babies in the first and second year of life. Even in women without gestational diabetes, breastfeeding has several health benefits for both the mother and baby. In women with gestational diabetes there are even more important benefits.
Advantages of Breastfeeding after Gestational Diabetes for the mother
Advantages of Breastfeeding after Gestational Diabetes for your baby
Breastfeeding has amazing benefits for both the baby and the mother. It is the recommended feeding method considering the advantages it offers to the baby and mother.
After the birth of the baby, in most women blood glucose levels return to normal. Your doctor will do another oral glucose tolerance test six weeks after delivery to check if your blood glucose levels have returned to normal. Regular follow up are recommended to check your blood glucose levels. As women are with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it is recommended that you practice healthy lifestyle after your baby is delivered. Measures that can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life are;
Children of mother’s with gestational diabetes are at higher risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes.
Breastfeeding after gestational diabetes lowers the risk of obesity or developing type 2 diabetes for both the mother and baby.
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