Journal article

The effect of breastfeeding on postpartum glucose tolerance and lipid profiles in women with gestational diabetes mellitus

Alexis Shub, Manisha Miranda, Harry M Georgiou, Elizabeth A McCarthy, Martha Lappas

International Breastfeeding Journal | BMC | Published : 2019


Background: We aimed to investigate the association of breastfeeding on postpartum glucose levels and lipid profiles in women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and women without GDM. Methods: We performed a secondary analysis of a cohort study of 243 women, 159 women with GDM and 84 normally glucose tolerant women between 2012 and 2017. At approximately 6–10 weeks postpartum, we measured fasting blood glucose and plasma lipid levels. Breastfeeding behaviour was self-defined as exclusive breastfeeding or not exclusive breastfeeding. Results: The mean (SD) glucose in the group of women who breastfed exclusively was 4.6 (0.49) mmol/L, compared to 4.9 (0.58) mmol/L (95% CI 0.4..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was supported by funding from the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation and Mercy Perinatal. The funding bodies had no role in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript. Associate Professor Martha Lappas is supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; grant no. 1047025) and a Research Fellowship from The University of Melbourne.