Breastfeeding for diabetes prevention

J Pak Med Assoc. 2016 Sep;66(9 Suppl 1):S88-90.


Breastfeeding has been consistently observed to improve metabolism in mothers and their offspring. Apart from mother child bonding and nutritional benefits; it is associated with a decreased risk of acquiring metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in mothers, obesity and type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in their children. Early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding should therefore be highly encouraged and strongly supported.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Diabetes, Metabolic syndrome, Obesity..

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / prevention & control*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Metabolic Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Mothers
  • Obesity