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I know that eating a healthy diet is important while breastfeeding, but how much does sugar consumption effect the milk?  I mean, if mom eats sweets does the baby get enough sugar to where they may have trouble sleeping?  Exactly how much sugar ends up in the milk itself??  looking for facts, not opinions on this one....

 

(I do know it takes a baby a lot longer than an adult to metabolize sugar.)

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I know that human breastmilk has a higher concentration of lactose than does cow's milk. Here is an old link with some of the nutritional compositions of milk: http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/Cheese/milk_content.htm  It says that human breastmilk is 9.5% lactose compared with the milks of other animals. 

I don't know that any of us have specific knowledge about the question you are asking without doing research or looking through a biology book. Our cells need glucose, which they break down into useable things like ATP or pyruvates.  The protein and fat that we eat is metabolized, but can be converted to glucose if necessary.  The sugars we eat are broken down and converted into glucose, as I understand it.  Lactose is a molecule of galactose and glucose, sucrose is a molecule of fructose and glucose.  Fructose, galactose and glucose are monosaccharides, but the first two have to be metabolized and converted into something our cells can use.  That is my basic understanding.  The lactose in breastmilk is not there because we eat lactose, but according to an article on wikipedia, the breastmilk of diabetic mothers can contain more glucose and insulin and fewer fatty acids. So maybe that is a starting point for figuring out how breastmilk could contain more sugar, and at the expense of what.

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The amount of sugar you eat does not affect the amount of sugar in your breastmilk. The milk producing cells regulate the nutrients.

This blog post has a good discussion of it http://creebreastfeeding.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/dear-lc-does-a-diabetic-mother’s-milk-have-more-sugar-in-it/
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Actually, what you eat doesn't really affect your breastmilk (except in unusual circumstances like starvation or a B12 deficiency). The composition of your milk is determined by the cells that produce the milk and is largely independent of what you eat.
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So that time my husband (in what I assume was a fit brought on by sleep-deprivation and new parenthood) said "I'm not getting chocolate for you, you'll give our baby diabetes" when I'd ask him to get me chocolate on day 3 post-partum  (insert rage here) - he was totally wrong?! Awesome.

 

But what about thrush? They say thrush can affect a bf mom & baby if there is too much sugar or dairy in the mom's diet. We have thrush, so it's on my mind....


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But what about thrush? They say thrush can affect a bf mom & baby if there is too much sugar or dairy in the mom's diet. We have thrush, so it's on my mind....

I wonder the exact same thing!  I had a fudge incident and it seemed like dd had a harder time falling asleep than usual, but she also had a visit from her cousins that day which could also have explained the restlessness!

I am going to ask our ped. at our next check up, I will keep everyone posted!

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There's something kinda like caffeine in chocolate, it's possible the baby can get trace amounts of that through the milk. Sugar feeds thrush if you have it, makes it harder to get rid of. I know from brewing that lactose doesn't ferment so I wonder if maybe thrush doesn't feed on lactose. I think I read about a study said it didn't. If you're passing thrush back and forth between you and baby a low carb low sugar diet for you would help eliminate it in your body.

 

The nutrient content stays the same in the milk though and the sugar is all lactose. Types of fat in milk can change a bit based on what you're eating. The balance still stays the same though, basically. Proteins can get passed to baby that is why cow's milk or soy sensitive babies need their moms to do elimination diets.

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Thrush can be improved with a low-sugar diet because reducing your sugar will reduce your blood sugar which is helping to fed the thrush. It won't directly help your baby's thrush but if yours is better then you won't keep reinfecting her.
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Thanks for all the knowledge everyone!  We don't have thrush, thankfully, but I DO want to have a few pieces of Halloween candy!!!:yum

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