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[IP] Breastfeeding and Recent News Release



As I mentioned to a few of you recently,  I've been a counselor with a
breastfeeding
support group (LaLeche League, International)  for 16 years now.    Anyway,
here was there most recent news release:
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Contact:  Mary Lofton, ext. 271 or Mary Hurt, ext. 286
Telephone: (847) 519-7730

LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL OFFERS SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE LINK BETWEEN
BREASTFEEDING AND BETTER HEALTH DURING AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH

  (Schaumburg, IL)-November is American Diabetes Month.   While there is
still much to  learn about this disease, there is some good news for
diabetic mothers who choose to  breastfeed their babies.

A study that appeared in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine in
July 2002 concluded that breastfeeding reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes
among Native Canadian children.  The authors believe that breastfeeding
should be promoted to help control the disease.  This study confirmed
earlier studies that found breastfeeding lessens the occurrence of type 2
diabetes.

Because children of diabetics run a higher than average risk of developing
the disease, diabetic mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their
babies. Research indicates that exclusive breastfeeding helps protect
against the development of insulin-dependent diabetes.  Avoiding the early
introduction of cow's milk is one way to help prevent the disease.

Mothers with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are physically able to
breastfeed. The woman with type 1 diabetes, also called insulin-dependent
diabetes mellitus, as well as the mother with type 2 diabetes are usually
able to increase their diet and maintain their insulin level.  Some may
find insulin requirements are also reduced while breastfeeding.  Monitoring
blood sugar levels is necessary to achieve correct balance whether the
mother is breastfeeding or not but many diabetic mothers have shown an
increase in overall health while breastfeeding.

Extensive research points to compelling advantages to infants, mothers,
families, and the environment from breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding
significantly decreases the risks to a large number of acute and chronic
diseases.

If you would like additional information on breastfeeding, please contact
La Leche League International, the world's foremost authority on
breastfeeding, at (847) 519-7730 or visit us on the web at
www.lalecheleague.org



Sincerely,

Barbara A. Petzoldt - Pump Mama to Zachary (12 1/2,  Dx 2/93, 508 2/02,
Paradigm  8/16/02) --------Jennifer (20), Allison (17), Rachel (6)
Fenton, MO
email @ redacted
Independent Kitchen Consultant for THE PAMPERED CHEF.

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