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Diabetic mothers separated from newborn children

Mothers suffering from diabetes could be being separated from their newborn children, according to a new enquiry .
Over half of all newborn babies whose mothers suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes are instantly moved to a special care baby unit upon birth, the confidential enquiry into maternal and child health (CEMACH) reported.
The influence this has on both mothers and babies is not necessarily positive, the report indicated. Infant formula is used, leading to breastfeeding complications, and body temperature could also be affected.
The chief executive of CEMACH, Richard Congdo, reportedly commented: “More babies could stay with their mothers than is now the case and mothers with diabetes should be encouraged and supported to breastfeed their babies. If these aims were achieved, it should be better both for mother and baby and also save the NHS money .”

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