Does Gestational Diabetes Affect Lactation?

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Gestational diabetes may affect the milk supply of mothers according to a new study. Gestational diabetes implies diabetes during pregnancy.

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Researchers are still studying the link between the glucose levels and lactation. How does one affect the other? Is there a way to increase the milk supply? Future studies have to find out the solution.

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As a part of the study, researchers surveyed medical data of more than a 600 women. In the whole group, nearly 16% of the women produced very less milk. And most of them were the ones who suffered gestational diabetes when they were pregnant.

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This is how researchers understood that this is one of the effects of gestational diabetes. Currently, researchers are trying to find methods and solutions to enhance the milk supply in those who suffered gestational diabetes.

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When gestational diabetes is managed carefully, women tend to give birth to normal healthy babies. But in some cases where the blood sugar levels go haywire, doctors may recommend going for a C-section.

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Other issues that gestational diabetes may cause are: excessive birth weight, preterm birth, low blood sugar levels in the baby and the risk of type 2 diabetes in the baby.

Read more about: pregnancy, diabetes, baby
Story first published: Thursday, February 18, 2016, 18:03 [IST]
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