Breastfeeding with diabetes
As its World Breast Feeding week this week, we ask experts to shed some light on breastfeeding with diabetes today
During World Breast feeding week (August 1-7) women are supported and encouraged to combine breastfeeding and work. The week of spreading awareness on breast feeding in general aims to empower them to claim her babys right to breastfeeding whatever a womans profession or lifestyle. But its not always simple especially when a new mother is living with diabetes. Is breastfeeding safe for all women? How long should a woman breast feed for? What are the benefits? Questions all women and mums-to-be may consider. Here Dr. Mohammed Al-Khatib, Consultant Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Diabetology at HealthPlus (www.hplus.ae) and Dr. Muhaj Al Shaikhli, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynecology, HealthPlus give us the lowdown on breast feeding with diabetes.
Dr. Muhaj Al Shaikhli: Absolutely! Breastfeeding is strongly encouraged for diabetic women. The need for insulin in diabetic patients drops abruptly within hours after birth and the oxytocin hormone released by women during breastfeeding can also help a diabetic mom feel better physically and emotionally. Not to mention all the well-known benefits of breastfeeding to the infant and mother: For the newborn, less chance to develop high respiratory infections, high blood pressure, asthma, atopy (a disorder marked by tendency towards allergic reactions) and obesity. For the mom, lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer and the added bonus of quickly burning those extra calories gained during pregnancy.
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