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The Nutrition InvestigatorThe health and nutrition blog by Dr. Roc Ordman.

Women Breastfeeding

by Roc (click here for full post)

SUPPLEMENTS FOR A HEALTHY WOMAN WHO IS BREASTFEEDING

DISCLAIMER: So much information is being discovered about nutrition required for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Proper nutrition of these women will affect the entire lifetime of the baby. For this reason, I want to share this information so that it can be discussed with your gynecologist or pediatrician. The information is only provided for that purpose.

Given the limited nature of products that are currently available, here is a reasonable set of supplements to be discussed with a physician. See pages on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the pregnancy food pyramid.

Ingredient
Each Dosage
% Daily Value
See Pregnancy Reference #
Vitamin C, ascorbic acid
500 mg in morning and at night
1,111%
9
Vitamin D, cholecalciferol
2,000 iu
500%
8
Vitamin E, alpha- or mixed tocopherols
400 iu
1,333%
9
fish oil, 180EPA, 120DHA
7 times a week
n/a
7
aspirin, 325 mg, standard pill
none
n/a
Choline (as phosphatidyl choline)
850 mg
200%
4
Vitamin B6, pyridoxal
1.0 mg
50
Vitamin B9, folic acid
800 mcg
200
2
Vitamin B12, cyanocobalamin
3.35 mcg
55
Calcium (calcium phosphate)
800 mg
0
Iron only if prescribed as anemic 1
Zinc (zinc gluconate)
0 except colds
0

It is important to eat enough cruciferous vegetables to protect the fetus from carcinogens – see pregnancy reference 3. Avoid foods with a high glycemic index and control weight carefully – see reference 5.

Eat a good diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eating 2-3 eggs per day will provide sufficient choline for infant brain and lutein and zeaxanthin for eyes. One particularly needs vitamins B6, B9, and B12. If you don’t get enough veggies, consider a B-complex, but be sure it contains Folic Acid, B9, as many do not.

There is likely advantage to obtaining the vitamin E containing gamma-tocopherol.

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