Intensive, extended breastfeeding linked to reduced risk for type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes

June 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO —  Intensive and extended breastfeeding lowered a woman’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy in which they had gestational diabetes, according to a presenter at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions.

“Our findings show that lactation measures are inversely associated with incidence of diabetes in 2 years,” Erica Gunderson, PhD, MPH, MS, from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, said during her presentation. “Lactation that tends toward high intensity associated with 40% to 60% lower risk and duration is also in the same magnitude. Severity of glucose intolerance or any other covariants did not change this association.”

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