After delivery your baby will be examined and blood glucose levels will be checked. Your baby's blood glucose level will be assessed by taking a pinprick blood test from the heel after birth and at regular intervals for the first day or so. Routine observations, such as heart rate and breathing will be checked regularly.
Usually your baby will remain with you. In some situations, for example, if there are problems maintaining the baby's blood glucose levels, your baby may be monitored and cared for in the nursery.
Breastfeeding has many beneficial effects for the newborn. Breastfeeding soon after the birth will help to maintain your baby's blood glucose levels. Breast milk contains antibodies which help protect your baby against particular illnesses, infections and allergies. An added bonus to the mother is that breastfeeding can assist with weight control.
Research has found that women who breastfeed may reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Your baby will not be born with diabetes but will have an increased risk of developing diabetes later in life.
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