Women diagnosed with diabetes before or during pregnancy are less likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding their newborns than women without diabetes, a new study suggests. Out of nearly 73,000 women included in the study, 8.8 percent had diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes, and 1.7 percent had diabetes prior to pregnancy. About 30 percent of women with pre-pregnancy diabetes cited illness or their use of medication as the top reasons they didn’t breastfeed, which researchers said suggests that the disease and its related medications directly impacted women’s decisions. … Read the Rest

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  • Description: Women diagnosed with diabetes before or during pregnancy are less likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding their newborns than women without diabetes, a new study suggests. Out of nearly 73,000 women included in the study, 8.8 percent had diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes, and 1.7 percent had diabetes prior to pregnancy. About 30 percent of women with pre-pregnancy diabetes cited illness or their use of medication as the top reasons they didn’t breastfeed, which researchers said suggests that the disease and its related medications directly impacted women’s decisions.