Why Nursing Postnatal?
Breastfeeding is the healthiest, most natural way to feed your baby. But, the process of making nutritious breast milk requires additional vitamins and minerals, and if a nursing mom’s nutritional status is suboptimal, she will be prone to illness and fatigue.
Your baby deserves a healthy mom. As a result, it is important that you carefully guard your health while nursing. So, while you are breastfeeding, be sure to eat a well-balanced diet of at least 2500 calories per day, drink plenty of water, and get as much rest as possible. Doctors also recommend that nursing moms take a vitamin and mineral supplement. Although you might be tempted to continue taking your prenatal vitamin, prenatal vitamins are tailored for pregnant women and do not contain all of the essential vitamins and minerals in just the right amounts for breastfeeding moms.
Nursing Postnatal was formulated by doctors and nutritionists to specifically meet the nutritional needs of nursing mothers. It contains 100% of the required amounts of most vitamins and minerals, and extra amounts of certain key nutrients, including the B vitamins and Vitamin D.
Nursing Postnatal contains 200% Daily Value of each of the following B vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. The complex of B vitamins aids in energy production, the proper function of the immune system and nervous system, and in the production of red and white blood cells. Vegetarian and vegan mothers may be at increased risk for deficiencies of vitamin B-12 because it is naturally found only in animal products. Folic acid continues to be important during nursing to aid in healthy cell production.
And, in recognition of the vital importance of Vitamin D to the long-term health of women and their breastfed children, Nursing Postnatal also contains 700% Daily Value of Vitamin D (2800 IU). Once believed to be important only for bone health, recent research has uncovered the critical role that Vitamin D plays in the prevention and treatment of a wide array of conditions, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, seasonal affective disorder, prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Alarmingly, at least 40% of the population of the United States is Vitamin D deficient. While there are several reliable food sources of Vitamin D (fortified milk, eggs, and fatty fish) it is difficult to get enough Vitamin D through diet alone. The skin synthesizes Vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, so regular exposure to sunlight can help maintain and replenish our stores of Vitamin D. It is important to remember, however, that anything that blocks the sun (for example, clouds, smog and sunscreen) will decrease the amount of Vitamin D your skin can produce. People living in northern climates in the winter months must pay special attention to Vitamin D intake as exposure to sunlight is limited. And, people with dark skin pigmentation require longer exposure to sunlight to produce the same amount of Vitamin D as fair-skinned people, and are, therefore, at increased risk for Vitamin D deficiency.
Many medical experts now recommend Vitamin D supplementation for nearly all people, and caution that extra Vitamin D intake is especially important for nursing mothers and infants. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a daily liquid Vitamin D supplement of 400IU for all infants, there is little agreement among experts about how much supplemental Vitamin D is required for nursing mothers. A recent research study showed that supplementation at the 400IU level (100% Daily Value) was not enough to maintain circulating levels of Vitamin D in nursing moms. As a result, the breast milk of these women contained very limited amounts of Vitamin D, suggesting that their breastfed infants were not receiving enough Vitamin D through the breast milk. (Wagner, et. al. Breastfeeding Medicine. June 2006, 1(2)). Some researchers now believe, therefore, that breastfeeding moms require daily supplementation of Vitamin D in excess of 400IU to ensure that circulating levels of Vitamin D are maintained at appropriate levels in both the mother and infant. For this reason, Nursing Postnatal supplies a daily dose of 2800 IU (700% DV) of Vitamin D.
Similar to Nursing Blend, Nursing Postnatal contains a full complement of vitamins and minerals in just the right amounts to keep mom and baby healthy, but does not contain the herbal blend found in Nursing Blend. This breastfeeding multivitamin is intended for nursing moms looking for nutritional support who have no concerns about the quantity of the breast milk they are producing.