Post Natal 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 levels optimised, gain as much sleep as possible, and if you do feel overwhelmed, to ask for assistance.

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.

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More About Post Natal Health & Lactation

Iron

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

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

We regularly monitor iron and ferritin levels throughout the postnatal and breastfeeding months. If iron is required, we utilise an iron bisglycinate formula which is highly bioavailable to support iron and ferritin levels, and also much better tolerated than inorganic forms of iron, protecting against constipation and other digestive upsets.

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression is usually due to a nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalance, or immune system change. Nutritional causes of postnatal depression include a deficiency of the omega 3 fish oil constituent DHA, lacking essential nutrients such as zinc and iron, or excessive copper overload left over 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 the immune system changes during pregnancy.

Thankfully, all of these markers are simple to test, and usually quick to resolve. If you are feeling a bit under the weather or overwhelmed as a new mum, we’re here to help.

Natural Medicines for Baby

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

Vaccination Support

It is important that your baby is well and healthy, with a strong immune system and healthy digestive system when vaccinating your child. Within our practice we support the health of your baby by utilising safe and effective natural medicines for optimal immune health and to aid protection against the preservatives in vaccination injections. Natural medicines provided for one week prior and one week following each vaccination may increase your baby’s immune response, and decrease the risk of vaccination reactions or post-vaccination illness.

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.

Let us guide you to a happier, healthier you.