Taking Expecta Lipil and breastfeeding is considered to be safe and beneficial. Expecta Lipil contains DHA, an important omega-3 fatty acid that can help with your infant's brain and eye development. However, because Expecta Lipil does not contain other important vitamins and minerals, it should be taken in addition to a prenatal vitamin. If you are taking a prenatal vitamin that contains DHA, you do not need to take Expecta Lipil.
Expecta and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
DHA passes through breast milk. However, this is usually a very good and desirable thing. For an infant that is exclusively breastfed, breast milk is the only source of DHA. Keep in mind that Expecta Lipil is not a prenatal vitamin and does not contain any vitamins and minerals. Many healthcare providers recommend that women who are breastfeeding take a prenatal vitamin, so Expecta Lipil should be taken in addition to (not in place of) your prenatal vitamin. It is a good idea to check and make sure that your prenatal vitamin does not already contain DHA (as several new prenatal vitamins do). If your prenatal vitamin already has DHA, you should not take Expecta Lipil.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Expecta and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Expecta Lipil 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 Expecta Lipil and breastfeeding in your particular situation. In general, Expecta Lipil is considered to be safe (and actually beneficial) for breastfeeding women and their infants.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Expecta Lipil [package label]. Evansville, IN: Mead Johnson & Company;2007.
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