Postnatal Health & Lactation

Congratulations on your little bundle of joy!

Bringing home a newborn can be both exhilarating yet stressful, with breastfeeding demands, a lack of sleep and a rapidly growing laundry pile!

It is important to keep your nutrient, mineral and hormones levels optimised, gain as much sleep as possible, and if you do feel overwhelmed, to ask for assistance.

We have vast experience in testing specific and comprehensive postnatal nutrient, vitamin and mineral levels, hormone levels, digestive health markers and neurotransmitter levels.

Postnatal health and breastfeeding

Similar to preconception and pregnancy, we understand the postnatal period requires specific dietary and nutritional assistance for the optimal well being of both mother and baby.
We understand this higher nutritional requirement is especially important if you are planning to breastfeed, or have a history of postnatal depression, a thyroid condition, fatigue or anxiety.

During the breastfeeding months, many nutrients are supplied to your baby through breast milk including iodine, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D, which are each essential for your baby’s growing health and immune system. Vitamin D also supports the skeletal development of your baby and has been shown to reduce the risk of autoimmune conditions such as juvenile diabetes in early life in some research papers.

We consider omega-3 DHA as also vital, being one of the major building structures of the brain and central nervous system. Healthy DHA levels may support your baby’s rapidly growing brain, eyes, central nervous system and immune system.

Specific supplemental probiotic strains have been shown in research to reduce the prevalence of eczema in infants and children by supporting and balancing the immune system. Other probiotic strains and specific safe herbal medicines are available to support your baby’s digestive system through stomach upsets or colic episodes.

There are also herbal medicines safe for use during breastfeeding to encourage breast milk production and flow, eliminate mastitis or candida infection, stress relief, quality sleep, and even support mum and bub’s recovery from a cold or flu.

 

More About Postnatal Health & Lactation

Healthy iron levels

Similar to pregnancy, during the postnatal and breastfeeding months, a woman’s daily requirement for iron is higher than usual, as iron is understood to be crucial in the formation of haemoglobin and for your baby’s proper brain development.

Even when a woman’s iron and ferritin levels appear ideal prior to pregnancy or labour, it is common for iron levels to diminish during pregnancy or the birth of your baby, and due to the demands of breastfeeding, leave poor mum feeling more fatigued, pale or low.

We regularly monitor iron studies and ferritin levels throughout the postnatal and breastfeeding months. If iron is required, we may utilise an iron bisglycinate formula which is understood to be highly bioavailable to support iron and ferritin levels, we also see this is much better tolerated than other inorganic forms of iron, protecting against constipation and other digestive upsets; or refer you for an iron infusion.

Natural medicine support for baby

Just as there are safe herbal medicines that may be utilised during breastfeeding, there are also natural assistance options for your young baby, from supporting colic, cradle cap, digestive upsets, food reactions, sleeping issues and immune illnesses such as coughs and colds.

Postnatal mood support

Postnatal low mood and/or anxiety may be associated with a nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalance, or immune system change. Nutritional concerns of postnatal low mood may include a deficiency of the omega 3 fish oil constituent DHA, lacking essential nutrients such as zinc and iron, or excessive copper overload leftover from higher levels during pregnancy. Hormonal imbalances include adrenal burnout or adrenal fatigue from new stresses, a lack of sleep, a lack of progesterone or oestrogen imbalance. There are also hormonal autoimmune conditions that may develop due to immune system changes during pregnancy and post-birth.

We have vast experience in testing for each of these comprehensive levels, hormones and nutrients; as well as experience in balancing these concerns.
If you are feeling a bit under the weather or overwhelmed as a new mum, we’re here to help!

Your family's well-being is our priority

With two healthy parents and a healthy baby, you will truly be able to enjoy one of life’s most rewarding experiences! We would love to be able to assist you and your family through the joys of new parenthood, contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.

Vaccination support

We believe it is important your baby is well and healthy, with a strong immune system and healthy digestive system when vaccinating your child. Within our practice, we may support the health of your baby via nutritional and natural medicine support for optimal immune health.

 

Let us guide you to a happier, healthier you.