Can I breastfeed my baby if I had gestational diabetes?

Yes, you can breastfeed your baby even if you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Breastmilk is good for the baby. If you breastfeed the baby soon after his birth, it helps in settling the baby’s blood sugar levels down even if he has been affected by gestational diabetes. Your blood sugar levels will also return to normal quickly if you breastfeed your baby. 

Breastmilk is good for the baby in many ways. It prevents the baby from chest and stomach infections. It also protects the baby against developing type-2 diabetes at any later stage of life. 

Because you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy your baby has a slightly raised risk of developing diabetes. Breastfeeding helps to reduce this risk.



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