Breastfeeding may reduce glucose intolerance in mothers

The effect is more pronounced in women with GDM, researchers say
Clare Pain
Baby breastfeeding

New mothers who breastfeed exclusively have lower plasma glucose and the effect is amplified in those with gestational diabetes, an Australian study suggests.

Researchers, from the Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne, measured the plasma glucose and lipids of a cohort of 243 women enrolled in a gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) study who had given birth 6-10 weeks earlier.