When a mother gives birth, she should not just make sure that her baby’s health is okay, but hers as well. After all, she needs all the nutrients and energy to keep up with the baby’s needs, right? More importantly if you are a breastfeeding mom.
If you are a new mom, here are 4 post-pregnancy supplements for you.
Whether you are breastfeeding or not, it is important to take calcium supplements along with diet sources such as dairy products, fish and green veggies. According to the ARHP, the recommended daily allowance for lactating women ages 19-50 is 1, 000. Aside from Calcium supplements, Vitamin D is also recommended as a supplement because it facilitates the absorption of calcium. The recommended dose is 400-800 iu.
Postpartum iron deficiency is common. The National Health Service says that Iron deficiency usually starts at 5 months due to your baby’s growing needs. During child birth, blood loss is also adds to deficiency in iron. But even weeks and months after giving birth, Iron is still an important supplement that you should take. When babies reach 4-6 months, their iron stores start to deplete which means that the amount of iron that they need from dietary sources increases. So when you are breastfeeding, you need to make sure that your breast milk should supply enough iron to your baby. To aid iron absorption, don’t forget to take your Vitamin C.
If you are breastfeeding, you need to double up on your protein intake because this is an important component of breast milk. So if you want to maximize your supply, make sure to have a high-protein diet. However, if you need a little help, you can get extra protein supplements from Protein Bars or Protein Powder.
Fenugreek is “Generally Recognized As Safe” according to the US Food and Drug Administration. This supplement is very helpful in increasing milk production. Fenugreek is actually a ground seed in the form of capsule or tea.
Remember to check with your OB and your child’s Pediatrician first, before taking any of these supplements