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Monday, April 27, 2009 lori, Community Member, asks

Q: high blood sugar and breast milk

I'm breast feeding my 2 week old daughter and am having high blood sugar how does this effect my breast milk and the baby?

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frankenduf, Community Member
4/27/09 5:24pm

unfortunately, it may lead to weight gain for your daughter early on- breast milk is healthier than formula and protects from childhood obesity- however, diabetic breast milk has been shown to increase baby weight based on volume of milk consumed- this seems somewhat of a catch 22- my advice is: 1- try to control your sugar extra well while you are breast feeding- this may lower the sugar/insulin content of the milk; 2- get a growth chart/scale and track your daughter's weight- if she is accelerating in weight-for-height, maybe a fixed volume of milk (and adding water for further volume) could help stabilize weight-for-height gain- i think overall, this is an unknown area of research: how the baby in utero and infancy eats may effect the development of obesity/diabetes later on- good luck and remember: as soon as she learns to walk, this will all be moot- with you chasing her all over the house, you'll both maintain a healthy weight :)

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N7077, Community Member
7/14/09 10:39pm

I have type 1 diabetes and am a mother of 2 and currently breastfeeding 1. The first answer is completely false. You sould never water down your milk. Here is an article from us weekly I hope it helps

 

http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/061003/3health.htm

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