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Will gestational diabetes prevent me from breastfeeding?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you may question whether you will be able to safely breastfeed after your baby is born. Breastfeeding is perfectly fine after you've had gestational diabetes. In fact, it is recommended, as it may help prevent you from developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Therefore, you can plan on breastfeeding if you've developed gestational diabetes.

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
No, it should not.  In fact, breastfeeding is highly recommended as a valuable tool to help your body maintain better blood sugar control.  This said, it is important that you ensure getting adequate calories, protein and nutrients for lactation.  Discuss with your physician and registered dietitian if you need to continue to monitor your blood sugar and eat small, frequent meals.  Also, it is important that you get your labs done at 6 weeks after delivery to see if your blood sugar level is back to normal.

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