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You and Your Health

Health Tip: Breast-Feeding When You Have Diabetes

Avoiding low glucose becomes more challenging.

Breast-feeding comes with its own set of challenges, but the task is a bit more daunting if you have diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association suggests how to help prevent low blood sugar for breast-feeding moms:

  * Always have a snack before you nurse or while nursing.
  * Drink a glass of water or a decaffeinated beverage while you nurse.
  * Before you nurse, make sure there’s a snack or medication nearby, in case your blood sugar drops too low.
  * Work with your dietitian and doctor to make sure your meals contain enough calories for you to breast-feed.