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Does anyone know if having GD will interfere with breastfeeding? What about the immediate after birth feed? I've read that baby can have low blood sugar after birth, and they can be given a bottle of formula to bring it back up... would this mean no breast feeding, or a wait to feed?
I breastfed my little one within an hour of birth. If your blood sugar is well controlled before labor, you shouldn't have a problem. If it is high then the lo makes a lot of insulin to compensate and then after birth still has a lot of insulin hanging around which can lead to low blood sugar. If it is severe they may have to take the baby to the NICU for a few hours to stabilize the sugar. They checked Des's sugar often in the few hours after he was born, but he didn't have a problem so they let him stay with me.
I would just say make sure everyone knows you want to breast feed and to only give formula if absolutely necessary.
DS1 was FF in hosp, and ff and bf until he was a week old, on day 8 I went straight to EBF and did that for six months. I am not planning on this baby being in NICU at all, so I will be EBF right away.
I let the hospital staff know that if my son's blood sugar numbers were low, i wanted to nurse to bring them back up. His numbers were fine, though, so we didn't have to worry about it He nursed like a champ as soon as I was out of recovery and my milk actually came in faster than the first time around......
they will monitor your baby's glucose level after birth and if it drops too much they should have a bottle of sugared water ready - with both my last ones the sugar did drop too low (even though I managed to keep my sugar levels under control before) and they both got a bottle, however that did not stop them from being really hungry and feeding well.
In or hospital they took the blood for measuring the sugar with a horrible mega-needle so we insisted of using my own prick set on lowest level (causes less pain and crying).