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Breastfeeding and Diabetes Article Archives

December 2010

Special Infant Formula May Protect Babies from Type 1 Diabetes

If you have a new infant in your family and a family history of type 1 diabetes, feeding your baby a special formula when weaning off breastfeeding may protect against the development of the antibodies associated with type 1 diabetes, thus potentially shielding your child from developing the disease itself. This is the finding of a new study, conducted by Finnish researchers, that was published in the November 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 4, 2010

December 2009

Evidence Deepens That Breastfeeding Helps Moms Avoid Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2

A 20-year study that tracked 704 women from before their first pregnancy onward suggests that the first year mothers breastfeed, they reduce their risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes within the next 15 years by 15 percent. Each subsequent year of breastfeeding further reduces the risk by 15 percent. For example, a mother who has two children and breastfeeds each for a year could enjoy a 30 percent reduction in her risk of type 2 over a 15-year period.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2009

July 2009

Path to Good Health Includes Breastfeeding Your Baby, Avoiding Pesticides, and Eating a Mediterranean Diet

The Organic Center (TOC), a leading research institute focused on the science of organic food and farming, announced that a balanced, organic diet-both before and during pregnancy-can significantly reduce a child's likelihood of becoming overweight or obese or developing diabetes.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 17, 2009

February 2007

Breastfeeding May Lower Type 2 Risk Later in Life
Breastfeeding May Lower Type 2 Risk Later in Life

UK researchers says that breastfeeding in infancy is associated with “a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, with marginally lower insulin concentrations in later life, and with lower blood glucose and serum insulin concentrations in infancy.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

December 2006

Breastfed Babies Better Off in Avoiding Obesity
Breastfed Babies Better Off in Avoiding Obesity

Regardless of maternal diabetes or weight status, Harvard researchers say that breastfeeding is “inversely associated” with childhood obesity. The researchers urge all mothers to breastfeed their infants to reduce the risk for childhood obesity.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

July 2006

Type 1 Moms Just as Capable of Breastfeeding as Healthy Moms
Type 1 Moms Just as Capable of Breastfeeding as Healthy Moms

At intervals of five days after giving birth and then four months after giving birth, Danish researchers interviewed 102 women with type 1 about breastfeeding. The type 1 women’s breastfeeding habits were then compared to a large random sample from the general population of Danish women.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

April 2006

Report Urges Diabetes Professionals to Advise Breastfeeding for Diabetic Moms

A recent report in The Practicing Midwife suggests that women with diabetes should be “encouraged and supported to breastfeed their babies from birth by giving them an understanding of the general and specific benefits this will provide.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

January 2006

Breastfeeding Called a Protector Against Getting Type 1
Breastfeeding Called a Protector Against Getting Type 1

Czech researchers say that not breastfeeding a child may increase its chances of developing type 1 diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

May 2002

Diabetes And Breastfeeding

"Breastfeeding is the optimal way of providing ideal food for the health, growth, and development of human infants while simultaneously benefiting the lactating mother."

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2002

November 2001

Once Again, Breast Feeding Shown to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Breastfeeding for three months or more may help prevent diabetes in children, say researchers in Chile. Their study, one of many to reach the same conclusion, focused on how breastfeeding affected the levels of three types of islet-cell antoantibodies in children with type 1 diabetes. Researchers published their findings in the June issue of the Medical Magazine of Chile (Revista Medica de Chile).

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

October 2000

Studies Show No Major Association Between Breastfeeding and Diabetes

New parents who have type 1 diabetes can rest assured that breastfeeding does not increase their babies' chances of developing the disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2000

October 1999

Breast-Feeding Lowers Risk of Type 1—Neonatal Illnesses are Risk Factors

Researchers found that newborns who develop illnesses are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, while infants who are breast-fed are less likely to develop the disease.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 1, 1999

September 1997

Breast Feeding Reduces Type 2 Diabetes

A recent NIDDK study of Pima Indians in Arizona showed that babies who were breast fed were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1997

June 1996

Breast Is Best—Breast Feeding

I often hear women with diabetes say they can't breast feed, but the truth is many health care professionals feel women should-because of their diabetes. Breast feeding is thought to decrease the autoimmune process that attacks the pancreas and causes diabetes, and may reduce your child's chances of getting diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1996

November 1994

Breast Feeding May Decrease Insulin Requirements

Thirty seven insulin dependent pregnant women and ten women with gestational diabetes were studied by Peking Union Medical Hospital to determine if there was a connection between breast feeding and insulin needs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1994

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