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Health Care Women Int. 1992 Jul-Sep;13(3):249-60.

The breast-feeding experience of women with type I diabetes.


The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify the factors influencing the initiation and maintenance of breast-feeding in women with insulin-dependent diabetes. The lack of research in this area and the need for in-depth data necessitated exploratory methodology. Twenty-two mothers who were insulin dependent before pregnancy and who had given birth in the past 2 years were interviewed. Diabetes was not a principal factor in the decision to breast-feed or bottle-feed for the majority of the women. When diabetes was a factor, women were seeking a "normal" childbearing experience, including breast-feeding. Although the women did not perceive diabetes as influencing their breast-feeding experiences, they did find that maintaining good diabetic control required greater effort and flexibility during breast-feeding.

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