Why Do Some Mothers Have Trouble Breastfeeding?


By Molly Clifton

Scientists may have determined why some mothers have difficulty making enough milk to breastfeed.

New research suggests mammary glands are sensitive to insulin, the hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.

That means mothers who are diabetic, overweight or have a large birth weight baby often experience problems regulating the body’s insulin and that could delay breast milk production.

Doctors are conducting clinical trials, but they say diet and exercise are more effective than any drug.


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