Health care professionals who are interested in educating the public about both Type I and Type 2 diabetes should be proactive in promoting breastfeeding. While nothing is a guarantee, breastfeeding provides protection for children and their mothers against diabetes. There is significant research to back this up. It also protects children against obesity, a significant factor in type 2 diabetes which children as young as 8 (perhaps younger?) are getting. We used to call this adult onset diabetes. With the dramatic increase in obesity and diabetes in this country, why aren't we working, from the very beginning of a person's life, to create a culture of health and prevention by promoting breastfeeding?
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