Carenatal DHA and Breastfeeding
Taking Carenatal DHA and breastfeeding is not only safe, but it is also beneficial for the woman and her breastfed infant. Because breastfeeding may be the only dietary source of important nutrients for an infant that is exclusively breastfed, many women who are breastfeeding are often advised to take a prenatal vitamin (such as Carenatal DHA). Even though you should not take too many vitamins and minerals when breastfeeding, you may need extra calcium.
Can I Take Carenatal DHA Safely While Breastfeeding?Carenatal™ DHA is a prenatal vitamin. Like most prenatal vitamins, Carenatal DHA is considered to be safe (and actually beneficial) for breastfeeding women and their infants. In fact, it is often recommended that women who are breastfeeding take a prenatal vitamin, as breastfeeding is a time of increased nutritional need.
Carenatal DHA and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?Studies have shown that many of the vitamins and minerals in Carenatal DHA pass through breast milk. However, this is usually a desirable thing. For an infant that is exclusively breastfed, breast milk is the only dietary source of important vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that it is not a good idea to take too much of any particular vitamin or mineral, so you should not take any additional vitamins and minerals (unless you have your healthcare provider's approval).
There is one exception to this suggestion -- prenatal vitamins (including Carenatal DHA) usually do not contain enough calcium for most women. Calcium is a bulky mineral, and it is difficult (usually impossible) to fit enough calcium into a single tablet along with all the other ingredients in prenatal vitamins.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Carenatal DHA and BreastfeedingYou should talk with your healthcare provider about Carenatal DHA and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Carenatal DHA and breastfeeding in your particular situation. In general, Carenatal DHA is considered to be safe (and actually beneficial) for breastfeeding women and their infants.