Breastfeeding with Diabetes
There are many worries that come along with getting pregnant and childbirth. These can be compounded for a new mom-to-be if she is diabetic or is diagnosed with diabetes during the pregnancy. It is important to understand that although you may be diabetic, you can still do the things that other moms do and that includes breastfeeding your new baby. The different types of diabetes – type 1, type 2, and gestational – are all of no concern when it comes to taking care of your baby and feeding time. Talking with your doctor will be able to help put your mind at ease and get you through the stressful thoughts and make you feel better about the situation.
If you are diabetic, there are many important benefits to think about when breastfeeding. It may lower the risk that your baby has of getting diabetes, it will help you to maintain a healthy weight, it reduces the need that your body has for insulin, and it also gives your body a boost to use the insulin that it already has in the proper way. As you can see, there are positives for both you and your little one when it comes to feeding the natural way. Although your diabetes will not magically disappear, gestational diabetes generally goes away soon after the baby is born.
It is important to start out on the right path once you become pregnant and make sure that you are taking care of yourself and getting the prenatal care that is required. For someone that is diabetic, this is especially true. If you are type 1 and insulin dependent, it is crucial that you go over everything with your doctor from the amounts of medication that you will need to take, to the diet and exercise that you should be getting as well. Mom needs to stay healthy during the pregnancy in order to have a healthy baby and safe delivery. Before the baby arrives, it is important to speak with a specialist about breastfeeding and the methods that you may need to choose, especially if you have trouble producing milk after a few days.
Once baby is here, you will need to not only monitor the way the baby eats, but monitor yourself as well. You may find that your blood sugar will drop during a feeding time so you may want to eat before or even during this period. While you are in the hospital, the nurses should go over your feeding plan with you and show you the proper method. After you get home, do not get upset if your milk does not fully come in right away. Diabetic moms tend to take a little longer. If the baby is producing wet and soiled diapers, you are on the right path to a healthy feeding.
It is important for you to keep a close eye on your blood sugar levels and monitor them often. Yes, your levels are going to be different, but with changes in eating and insulin, all will be well.
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