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Can formula be avoided if you have Gestational Diabetes?

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immortalbeloved Sun 19-Dec-10 16:27:59

I was just wondering if it was possible to avoid formula 'top-ups' after birth if you have GD?

If the baby has low blood sugar I understand the need for some help, and if the baby really needed it of course I wouldn't object, but is it inevitable?

I did ask my consultant about expressing prior to birth but she laughed and said that if the baby had low blood sugar then it would need far more than the few drops I'd be able to express

chibi Sun 19-Dec-10 16:41:12

try not to stress about it now

worse come to worse, and you have to give formula, you can give colostrum too, and when your milk comes in, start bf

you can also ask about banked milk, although they do a kind of triage with it i think

i cupfed my son formula + gave colostrum by syringe (he couldn't latch) until my milk came in 2 days later, then switched to bf

he was bf for about 14 months, until he self-weaned

at any rate it dones not have to mean that bf is scuppered for you

in any case you may find his blood sugar is fine, and none of this applies!

good luck, and congratulations

aendr Sun 19-Dec-10 16:46:19

I managed to express 70ml of colostrum before birth, and then my baby latched on, didn't have a sugar drop and didn't need it. 70ml would have gone an awful long way.

Don't start too early (as it can induce labour apparently) but do start as soon as you can. I can't remember the week you can start from but it's googleable.
Don't worry if you only get drops to begin with - I got 0.2ml per breast initially and 2.5ml per breast after 10 days - I expressed 3 times a day and got more out after a hot shower.
I needed small syringes to collect into, squeezing a drop onto the nipple then sucking it up with the syringe. It was painstaking. Getting hold of sterile syringes was difficult.

http://www.nhsayrshireandarran.com/view_item.aspx? item_id=4412 is a useful link.

But, if your hospital isn't on board with it you are going to have be jolly bloody minded about using the colostrum.

TruthSweet Sun 19-Dec-10 16:57:41

Some women do what is called 'colostrum harvesting' prior to birth. You can get medicine syringes and hand express into a sterilised bowl then use the syringe to suck up the colostrum (or if you have a OH who would be willing they could hoover up the colostrum drops as you express). You would then freeze the colostrum in the syringe.

A mother here shares her account of colostrum harvesting and diabetes.

From a quick google (always reliablewink) seems to be quite common to do so if you have diabetes of any kind so I'm not sure why your cons. pooh-poohed the idea that you might as well (unless you have had breast surgery or have another condition that would mean you might have problems lactating that you haven't mentioned).

Restrainedrabbit Sun 19-Dec-10 17:01:27

I had gd and babies had no probs post birth apparently it's more common in those women with traditional diabetes, is yours well controlled?

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