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Diabetes, Delivery and Breastfeeding

If you have diabetes and are pregnant, you may have questions about how diabetes will affect your baby’s delivery and about whether you can breastfeed your newborn after delivery.

Labor may be induced (started by drugs or other means) earlier than your due date, especially if problems with the pregnancy arise. While you are in labor, your glucose level will be monitored closely. If needed, you may receive insulin through an intravenous (IV) line. If you use an insulin pump, you may use it during labor.

Experts highly recommend breastfeeding for women with diabetes. Breastfeeding gives the baby the best nutrition to stay healthy, and it is good for the mother as well. It helps new mothers shed the extra weight that they may have gained during pregnancy and causes the uterus to return more quickly to its pre-pregnancy size. Returning to a normal weight, post-pregnancy, will help to keep diabetes under better control.

Source: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


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