Breastfeeding and Diabetes

By mpeers2 Latest Reply 2013-12-15 20:21:57 -0600
Started 2013-12-14 18:44:58 -0600

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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Glucerna 2013-12-14 19:20:02 -0600 Report

Thanks for bringing up this important discussion. It seems that there is more promotion of the benefits of breastfeeding from a variety of different sources, and of course this is a good discussion to have with your physician. I'm interested in hearing the experiences of people with diabetes who breastfed their children. ~Lynn @Glucerna

mpeers2 2013-12-14 20:52:53 -0600 Report

Hi, Lynn. I think it's more about the prevention of diabetes rather than diabetics breastfeeding. Of course, when a mother is diabetic, it is in her best interest to do what she can to protect her own child from getting it. It is always good to breastfeed to afford whatever protection a mother can. Thanks for your reply. I think it would be super if we could get this website to actively promote breastfeeding as a preventive measure. That would be powerful - and appropriate. The American Diabetes Association does have some articles posted (see that confirm the benefits of breastfeeding to protect against diabetes and the obesity that leads to Type 2 but we need to see more out there. It needs to be more front-and-center, in my opinion.

Glucerna 2013-12-15 20:21:57 -0600 Report

Sorry I misunderstood your original post, and thanks for the clarification. You're right that there is some interesting research about the potential for breastfeeding to prevent diabetes. Perhaps talk with your local diabetes association to enlist their support? ~Lynn @Glucerna