Re: Do I need to take vitamins while I’m breastfeeding?
As long as a mom eats a well-balanced diet with food from all food groups, it is not neccessary to take additional vitamins. Occasionally, some moms may temporarily need to take iron due to a large amount of blood loss during delivery. However, most moms leave the hospital with normal hemagloblin levels and will not require iron supplementation. Eating foods that are close to their original source will ensure that most of the minerals and nutrients are still present in the foods as we consume them. It is important to maintain enough calories in your diet to fuel the energy requirement needed to produce an adequate milk supply. Most authorities agree that a nursing mom needs an additional 400 to 500 extra calories a day to aid in the production of breast milk. Lactation and breastfeeding is a natural process for humans and listening to your body as it signals hunger and thirst is the best way to ensure a proper and balanced nutritional status.