Prenate DHA and Breastfeeding
Taking Prenate DHA and breastfeeding is not only safe, but it is also beneficial for the mother and her breastfed infant. It is often recommended that women who are breastfeeding take a prenatal vitamin, as this may be the only dietary source of important vitamins and minerals for an infant that is exclusively breastfed. Although you should not take too many vitamins and minerals when breastfeeding, you may need extra calcium.
Can I Take Prenate DHA Safely While Breastfeeding?Prenate DHA®, along with most other prenatal vitamins, are considered to be safe (and beneficial) for women who are breastfeeding and for their infants. In fact, it is frequently recommended that women who are breastfeeding take a prenatal vitamin, as breastfeeding is a time of increased nutritional need.
Prenate DHA and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?Studies have shown that many of the vitamins and minerals in Prenate DHA pass through breast milk. However, this is usually a very good 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 and 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 Prenate DHA products) 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 Prenate DHA and BreastfeedingYou should talk with your healthcare provider about Prenate 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 Prenate DHA and breastfeeding in your particular situation. In general, Prenate DHA is considered to be safe (and actually beneficial) for breastfeeding women and their infants.