Even though you have
diabetes, you can have the same success with
breastfeeding as any other woman. Breastfeeding is recommended by the
Canadian Paediatric Society and other medical specialist organizations,
because it benefits the mother and the
infant. Make sure your diabetes care team and other members of the health care
team know before the birth that you are planning to breastfeed.
Nutritional requirements of breastfeeding
Nutrition is one key to a healthy, successful
breastfeeding experience. Taking care of a new baby may change when and how you eat. So you might need to test your blood sugar more often and adjust your diabetes medicines.
Your body is using energy making breast milk, so you might have more low blood sugars. Eat a snack before or during
nursing or before naps to prevent hypoglycemia. A registered dietitian can help
you tailor your meal plan to meet your nutritional needs, your target blood
sugar range, and your weight goals.
Some examples of healthy snacks include:
Bagel with cream cheese.
Dried fruit and nut mix.
Crackers with cheese
or cottage cheese.
Hard-boiled egg and toast.
Drink plenty of water and other sugar-free, non-caffeinated
beverages. If you drink milk and juice to meet your fluid needs, be sure to
count them in your meal plan.
Do not drink alcohol while you are breastfeeding, because it may
interfere with your milk let-down reflex, increase your risk of low blood sugar
(if you take insulin), and prevent you from drinking more nutritious beverages.
Also, alcohol passes from your breast milk into your baby.
When breastfeeding is not recommended
In some circumstances, breastfeeding is not advised, such
If diabetic complications inhibit your body's
ability to handle the additional demands of breastfeeding.
are using medicines or substances that are not compatible with breastfeeding.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology