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.