Breastfeeding cuts risks of heart disease, diabetes in mothers

A mother who has gestational diabetes increases the risk that her child will become obese during childhood, said Professor Tan Kok Hian of KK Women's and Children's Hospital, but breastfeeding a baby for at least six months reduces that risk.
A mother who has gestational diabetes increases the risk that her child will become obese during childhood, said Professor Tan Kok Hian of KK Women's and Children's Hospital, but breastfeeding a baby for at least six months reduces that risk.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Gestational diabetes increases the risk of mothers and their children developing Type 2 diabetes after pregnancy.

One way of reducing such risks is to breastfeed the baby, studies have shown.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Breastfeeding cuts risks of heart disease, diabetes in mothers'. Print Edition | Subscribe