March 20, 2011
Health Tip: Breast-Feeding When You Have Diabetes
Avoiding low glucose becomes more challenging
(HealthDay News) -- 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.