If I had Diabetes during pregnancy… Can I breastfeed my baby?

If I had Diabetes during pregnancy… Can I breastfeed my baby?

Of course you can breastfeed your baby if you had Diabetes during pregnancy, and remember that breastfeeding your baby has several advantages. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby, it doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t need to be stored.

Breastfeeding your baby:

  • Is healthy.
  • It allows for better communication between you and your baby.
  • It’s easy to do and doesn’t need any special preparation.

Diabetes is a non-contagious disease. If you still have Diabetes, you won’t transmit it to your baby through breast milk. Maintain a healthy eating regime, similar to the one you had during pregnancy. Each time you breastfeed, drink a glass of water, juice, or milk (if possible).

At the end of your breastfeeding period, you can do anything you want to lose all that extra weight. Lose weight slowly. Here we offer suggestions that may help:

  • Exercise will help you tone your muscles and lose weight.
  • Avoid simple or rapid absorption carbohydrates, and foods rich in saturated
  • Observe the amount of food you eat.
  • Eat three times a day.
  • Drink plenty of water (6 to 8 glasses a day).

Follow these tips for proper breastfeeding.

Due to the importance and benefits of breastfeeding, we’ll give you a series of recommendations that will help make this process more effective, safe, and enjoyable for you and your baby:

  1. Trust your maternal instincts and your ability to achieve proper breastfeeding, and all the care your baby requires.
  2. Look for your closest breastfeeding education and support group, if possible, before your baby is born.
  3. Discuss and agree with your doctor or gynecologist, if you can initiate breastfeeding within the first hour after delivery.
  4. Follow your doctor’s and breastfeeding consultant’s recommendations.
  5. Ensure to have your baby around 24 hours a day, to breastfeed him or her whenever they ask.
  6. Ask your nurse not to give bottled milk to your baby.
  7. If you feel pain or discomfort when breastfeeding, you might not be doing it correctly. If this happens, ask your gynecologist or your baby’s pediatrician, because breastfeeding shouldn’t be painful.
  8. You’ll need help from other people for household activities (shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc.) during the first few weeks, so you can fully and peacefully engage with your baby, and rest to recover as soon as possible.

Without a doubt, breastfeeding your baby is a very rewarding task that every mother and baby should fully enjoy, so we recommend you to make sure to follow all of these recommendations and ask your doctor about any problems that may be affecting these beautiful moments.

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