PrimaCare and Breastfeeding
Not only is it advantageous for pregnant women to take PrimaCare, breastfeeding women can also benefit from the prenatal vitamin. Since breast milk is the only source of vitamins and minerals for nursing infants, it is helpful for mothers to take PrimaCare while breastfeeding. Avoid taking additional supplements because it is not a good idea to take too much of any particular vitamin or mineral.
PrimaCare® and PrimaCare One prenatal vitamins are considered to be safe for use during breastfeeding. In fact, it is often recommended that breastfeeding women take a prenatal vitamin, since this is a time of increased nutritional need.
Studies have shown that many vitamins and minerals pass through breast milk. However, this is usually a very good thing. For an infant that is exclusively breastfed, breast milk is the only source of 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 ones unless you have your healthcare provider's approval.
There is one exception to this suggestion -- prenatal vitamins (including PrimaCare 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.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about PrimaCare 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about PrimaCare and breastfeeding that is right for you. In general, PrimaCare is considered safe (and actually beneficial) for breastfeeding women and their infants.