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Diabetic20+

Breastfeeding and Type 1!

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Diabetic20+

Hi there,

My due date is approaching quickly. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and a type 1 diabetic of 20+ years. I have three children and one angel baby. I have never breastfed longer than two weeks in the past. I look back at it now realizing that my diabetes was out of control compared to now. My last A1c was 5.3 and I am hoping to breastfeed this time around. I was wondering if there are any ladies out there who have successfully breastfed being a Type 1 diabetic? If so, are there any tricks you might share? I am nervous and would like to get as much information as possible. Thanks! :)

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Lizzie G

Hi there

 

My little boy wouldn't latch on, so I expressed for the first 6 weeks (then made the choice to stop, it was exhausting and time consuming on top of everything else going on at the time).

 

Are you pumping? If so I would say, in general BF meant quite a reduction in basal rate, I can't recall closely enough to quantify, perhaps 30% less than pre-pregnancy rates. I also tried to express around the time I ate, and reduced my bolus quite significantly also, again possibly around 30%.

 

It takes a while to figure it out exactly, so just make sure you have a supply of fast acting carbs, and test plenty.

 

Good luck with the final weeks, the birth, the breast, and beyond!!!

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GerryMihal

I breastfed my daughter for 14 months. Didn't have any issues. At the time I was using Lantus and Novorapid. If I can recall, I was taking less lantus during that period.

Good luck with everything!

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Steal

I breastfed just fine for two months before returning to work. Then, I couldn't handle trying to be a high school teacher and worry about leaking on students. That worked well for us with both of my girls. I did get low a lot, but just had to make sure to keep adjusting my insulin and have food handy.

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JennaEllis

I tried to breast feed my daughter when she was born last year but she was in intensive care for a while and when I was allowed to try she wouldn't latch on..so I expressed milk for as long as I did but found I had lots of severe hypos during the time I expressed which frightened me. I'm now pregnant again and would like to try breast feeding again but am so anxious about my bloodsugars falling low, it scares me when I have a one year old and soon to have a new born to look after, has anyone else suffered severe lows whilst breast feeding???

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Diabetic20+

That is all very good information. I appreciate it. I am kind of concerned about the low bloodsugars...I have severe seizures when my glucose goes too low, too quickly. So, that is a concern that I have...I suppose it just means more monitoring. I plan on strictly breastfeeding from the breast if possible. With my first child, I found the latching to be a problem as well. I ended up pumping for about two months and switched to formula there after. With my second and third I pumped for about a month and switched to formula. This time around, I would like to breastfeed from the breast and am very set on getting it done this time around. I think this time around will be different because I am a stay at home mom now and not having to go back to work 2-6 weeks after the baby is born...I believe that will make a huge difference. So, I suppose I will let you ladies know how it all goes! Thanks again for the info. :o)

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