TheraNatal and Breastfeeding
There is a TheraNatal product specifically designed for use in women who are nursing. This vitamin is used to help support the increased nutritional needs in women who are nursing. In particular, TheraNatal Lactation Support contains more vitamin A and vitamin C than many other prenatal vitamins. However, many breastfeeding women may need to take additional calcium when using TheraNatal.
Can Breastfeeding Women Take TheraNatal?TheraNatal® is a line of nonprescription vitamins made for women to take before, during, and after pregnancy. The various products include TheraNatal Complete, TheraNatal Core Nutrition, and TheraNatal Lactation Support. TheraNatal Lactation Support is specifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of women who are breastfeeding.
More Information About TheraNatal and BreastfeedingBreast milk is the only source of vitamins and minerals for infants who are exclusively breastfed. The vitamin and mineral content of breast milk is largely determined by a women's diet. However, it can be difficult for breastfeeding women to get the adequate nutrients to support her health and her baby's health. Therefore, it is often recommended that women who are breastfeeding continue to take their prenatal vitamins.
TheraNatal Lactation Support is similar to TheraNatal prenatal vitamins, with a few differences. One difference is that TheraNatal Lactation Support contains less folic acid and iron than the other TheraNatal products. This is because the need for folic acid and iron decreases after pregnancy. TheraNatal Lactation Support also contains less vitamin D, but more vitamin A and vitamin C.
In addition, TheraNatal Lactation Support contains choline, which may help with a baby's brain development. The vitamins also contain the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. DHA may be beneficial for a baby's brain and eye development.
It is not a good idea to take too much of any particular vitamin or mineral. So make sure you have your healthcare provider's approval before taking additional supplements, vitamins, or minerals.
One exception is calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth. Like other prenatal vitamins, TheraNatal products, including Lactation Support, do not contain enough calcium for most women. Therefore, you may need to take an additional calcium supplement. Your healthcare provider can help you determine if you are getting enough calcium from your diet, or if you need a calcium supplement.