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Mother’s Milk: Diabetes Deterrent

It is never too early to start diabetes prevention. For newborn and infant nutrition, breast milk really IS best. It reduces the risk for type 2 diabetes in both the breastfeeding mother and her child. And the longer one breastfeeds, the greater the reduction in type 2 diabetes risk for both mom and baby.

Breastfeeding may even reduce the risk for type 1 diabetes in breastfed babies. Some studies suggest that the milk protein from infant formula may be linked to the development of type 1 diabetes. An ongoing trial called TRIGR involving over 2000 tots was designed to determine if baby formula causes the production of antibodies linked to type 1 diabetes.

Breastfeeding will not only help moms achieve a healthier weight, it will also reduce their babies’ chances of becoming overweight. Formula-fed children are more likely to be overweight than those fed breast milk alone.

Furthermore, special attention needs to be given the diabetic mother who plans to breastfeed. She is more likely to produce less milk in the first week after childbirth than moms without diabetes. She is also more likely not to exclusively breastfeed her child at one month of age.

Some diabetic mothers may find their blood sugar levels easier to control when they breastfeed, while others may not. Blood sugar levels drop within an hour of breastfeeding, so medication dose and timing may need to be adjusted.

Yes, breastfeeding can be challenging, especially for moms who also work outside the home. But not only is it doable, it is most rewarding, as celebrity supermom and staunch breastfeeding advocate, Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan readily attests.

To help cut the risk of diabetes in this generation and the next, we offer our readers many tips for successful breastfeeding. First tip is, bond with the baby as soon as the baby is born. Newborns placed on their mother’s chest within the first hour of life are likely to breastfeed an average of 42 days longer than those who are placed in a crib.

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    Hi May i ask if pocari sweat is safe for baby?

    thanks in advance.

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