I take medication for my diabetes. How will breastfeeding affect the health of my baby?
The insulin you may take to control your diabetes should not cross over into breast milk. Even if small amounts cross over, the baby’s digestive system will break it down. Other medications such as glibenclamide and glipizide have not been detected in breast milk.
Only small amounts of metformin have been found in breast milk and no changes in infant growth and development have been seen. A slightly larger percentage of tolbutamide has been detected in breast milk. There are no data for the following medications: acarbose, glibornuride, gliclazide, glimepiride, gliquidone, glisoxepide, miglitol, pioglitazone, repaglinide and rosiglitazone. There are many health benefits of breastfeeding, including a lowered risk of your child developing diabetes later in life.
How will breastfeeding affect my health?
Mothers with Type 1 diabetes will often experience lowered blood sugar after nursing. Your insulin requirements may be reduced. Eat a snack with carbohydrates and protein prior to nursing to help avoid low blood sugars. Keep snacks, glucose tablets or fast-acting sugars available where you nurse in case of a rapid decline in blood sugar. Keep in mind with any type of diabetes, your blood sugar may rise and/or fall as you nurse.
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