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Breastfeeding Moms Lower Diabetes Risk

Study Shows 15% Risk Reduction for Each Year of Lactation

Getting Ob-Gyns on Board continued...

University of Chicago pediatrics professor Lawrence M. Gartner, MD, agrees. Gartner chaired the AAP committee that updated the group's breastfeeding guidelines earlier this year.

"It is clear that ob-gyns could have an enormous impact on breastfeeding, but, in general, I don't think they are doing as much as they could be doing to promote it," he tells WebMD.

State University of New York obstetrics and gynecology professor Richard H. Aubry, MD, acknowledges that more could be done. But he also notes that the nation's largest group of women's health doctors has taken a strong stand in favor of breastfeeding.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology recommends that women breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least six months.

"We do try to make this point, but there is a reluctance to beat women over the head with it," he tells WebMD. "I do agree, though, that for the benefit of both the baby and the mother we may need to be more aggressive with this message."

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