From Nortonville, Kentucky, USA:
My husband has type 1 diabetes, diagnosed when he was 18, and we're about to have our first child. I read that her chances of developing diabetes are 6-7%. I plan to breastfeed because I've heard that can reduce the chances of a child developing diabetes. Will this offset the role of heredity at all? How long should I try to breastfeed?
There have been several studies that have shown that early ingestion of certain cow's milk proteins increases the risk of type 1A (autoimmune) diabetes, but exactly how this comes about and whether it is related to the specifics of genetic predisposition is not yet known. The duration of breast feeding is a subjective issue, but you should try to do this for least three months. However, the impact on triggering diabetes has not yet been correlated with how long it is continued.
Original posting 26 Jan 2001
Posted to Genetics and Heredity
|Return to the Top of This Page|
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:18
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.