Breastfeeding has been found to be crucial in lowering the risk of childhood obesity.
A new report from the Colorado School of Public Health found that the natural nutrition slowed the body mass index of children as they grew, making it more likely that they stayed within a healthy range.
The findings are particularly important to those children born from diabetic pregnancies.
Doctors believe that over-nutrition in utero can have a significant impact on the chance of childhood obesity.
This study observed 94 children of diabetic pregnancies and 399 of those born without complications and found that breastfeeding was an effective way of mitigating this risk.
Tessa Crume, who worked on the report, hopes the findings will encourage more mothers to breastfeed in the future.
According to Diabetes UK, gestational diabetes mellitus usually occurs in the second or third trimester and a blood test is available for pregnant mothers who are worried about the complications.