Postnatal Health and Breastfeeding
Similar to preconception and pregnancy, the postnatal period requires specific dietary and nutritional assistance for optimal well being of both mother and baby. This higher nutritional requirement is especially important if you are planning to breastfeed, or have a history of postnatal depression, thyroid conditions, 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 skeletal development of your baby, and has been shown to reduce the risk of autoimmune conditions such as juvenile diabetes in early life.
Omega-3 DHA is vital, being one of the major building structures of the brain and central nervous system. Healthy DHA levels support your baby’s rapidly growing brain, eyes, central nervous system and immune system.
Specific supplemental probiotic strains have shown to reduce the prevalence of eczema in infants and children by supporting and balancing the immune system. Other probiotic strains and certain safe herbal medicines are available to assist 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, and even help mum recover from a cold or flu.