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For Type 1 diabetic mothers this can decrease their need for insulin during the breastfeeding period. Mothers who have Type 2 diabetes may find they require less hypoglycemic medication while breastfeeding. Good control of your insulin levels is important while breastfeeding.
Add breast milk to the list of foods and beverages that contain fructose, a sweetener linked to health issues ranging from obesity to diabetes. A new study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC indicates that a sugar called fructose is passed from mother to infant through breast milk. Found in fruit, processed food and soda, fructose is not a natural component of breast milk, which is still considered the gold standard diet for babies.
Despite the important role that insulin plays in the human body, very little is known about its presence in human milk. Levels rapidly decrease during the first few days of lactation and then, unlike other serum proteins of similar size, achieve comparable levels to those in serum. Despite this, current guides for medical treatment suggest that insulin does not pass into milk, raising the question of where the insulin in milk originates.
Blood glucose is a sugar that moves through the bloodstream and provides energy to all the cells in the body. Babies with normal blood glucose levels have all the energy they need for healthy growth and development. However, in rare cases, blood glucose levels can fall too low and cause a baby to become sick.
You made it through a 9-month rollercoaster of blood sugar swings, weight changes, mood shifts and some bizarre food cravings. Your beautiful new baby is taking up most of your time and attention Managing your blood sugar is still important to the safety and development of your baby.
Breastfeeding has many benefits, both for you and your baby. Most women with diabetes are able to breastfeed their babies. It is important to keep in mind though, that breastfeeding may require some practice, support and persistence.
When I began my own breastfeeding with type 1 diabetes journey, I was pleased to find that my milk production came easily, often referring to myself as a Vermont Creamery. Nor would I struggle for weeks while my little Lucy figured out how to latch properly. After having her very sturdy tongue-tie snipped when she was two days old, our feedings were mostly effortless, that is, except for their impact on my blood sugar levels.