The breast milk ensures health for the baby. Every newborn deserves to consume milk from his mother, as it is rich in nutritional properties . The ideal is for the breastfeeding woman to take complementary vitamins and supplements.
- Vitamins in Breastfeeding
- Benefits and Purpose
- Vitamin deficiency
Vitamins in Breastfeeding
Breast milk carries in its composition 50% of the vitamins ingested by the mother through food. Source of life in the first six months of the baby’s life, he must be rich in all aspects and for this reason, many women continue with nutrition through prenatal vitamins such as Maternal and other such.
Benefits and Purpose
When a woman is breastfeeding, the body demands a lot of nutrients for milk, so it is important to have an ideal intake of vitamins and minerals. Ensuring that the milk is full of nutrients for the baby is very important, but also ensuring that the mother is in good health.
A balanced diet with grains, vegetables, milk and meat contributes to good nutrition. However, the cases in which vitamin supplement is necessary. At this stage it provides the woman with a more guaranteed source to properly feed the baby.
Women who are breastfeeding should eat more than those who are not breastfeeding. We can say that she is literally eating for two and to avoid damage to her health, she must consume more calories and more fluids as well.
Vitamin Supplement Options
The supplement of vitamins for those who are breastfeeding can be in the form of capsules, but they can also be in the form of powder, which is added in food or even in juices during meals. It is also advised that the lactating woman consumes a significant amount of iron to avoid anemias at this stage of life.
Iron-based supplements can be taken in addition to increasing the amount of food with a significant amount of iron. In addition to iron, vitamin C for breastfeeding is important to help strengthen the immune system and keep the antibodies responsible for the body on alert to fight infections.
If combined with zinc, vitamin C has its potential enhanced. Vitamin D is important to help keep bones and joints strong , for both mom and baby. This vitamin is passed through the milk but in the process of exposure to the sun as well. Fruits like bananas for example are rich in potassium and fiber.
It helps to combat the cramps that the woman may experience in pregnancy and also in the breastfeeding phase. Cereals provide a rich source of energy and minerals. Sunflower seed is a source of zinc.
For those who breastfeed, vitamin deficiency can have some effects , such as malnutrition. Even without losing weight, the woman can go through an acute condition of low nutrients and become anemic, lowering immunity thus prone to risk of catching some infectious diseases.
Another side effect of vitamin deficiency in breastfeeding is the quality of the milk it reduces. Thus the baby may not gain rich milk and start apparent weight loss . The baby may experience weight stagnation or even begin the process of losing.
In these cases, the doctor will order tests from the woman, if problems with low nutrients are found, he will advise vitamin supplementation . The ideal is a vitamin capsule containing:
- Pantothenic acid
- Folic acid
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D3
- C vitamin
- Vitamins B12, B6, B3, B2
- Vitamin A
The nutritional need will depend on the health status of the mother and baby , but it is safe to use prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding. The doctor will advise you what to take and also the ideal dosage.
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Key Information Box:
- Every newborn deserves to consume milk from his mother, as it is rich in nutritional properties .
- Breast milk carries in its composition 50% of the vitamins ingested by the mother through food.
- A balanced diet with grains, vegetables, milk and meat contributes to good nutrition.
- We can say that she is literally eating for two and to avoid damage to her health, she must consume more calories and more fluids as well.
- Vitamin D is important to help keep bones and joints strong , for both mom and baby.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.