Everyone knows the importance of a woman paying close attention to their health during pregnancy for the sake of their child and it is important for that to continue after the child is born.
To begin with, the CDC recommends breastfeeding mothers increase their caloric intake to meet their nutritional needs. The agency recommends an additional 450 to 500 kilocalories (kcal) of food calories per day for well-nourished breastfeeding mothers, compared with the amount they were consuming before pregnancy.
The number of additional calories needed for an individual breastfeeding woman is also affected by her age, body mass index, activity level, and extent of breastfeeding (exclusively breastfeeding verses breastfeeding and formula feeding).
Along with additional caloric intake, new mothers should closely monitor the vitamins and minerals that they consume as well as consider fortifying their diet with supplements that are beneficial to them and their newborn.
Gummy vitamins, especially ones that have no high-fructose corn syrup and only use ethically sourced, raw ingredients, can be an excellent and convenient method to add additional nutrients to your diet for the health of a mother and her baby.
Seek out the following vitamins and minerals for optimal postnatal nutrition:
Iron: It’s important to replenish the iron lost during childbirth. If you’re breastfeeding, the iron stored in your body supplies your baby with iron for their proper development and thyroid function. Good iron sources include red meat, liver, clams, oysters, and green leafy veggies.
Vitamin B12: This B vitamin is required for proper red blood cell development, energy production, and helping to form DNA. Babies with an inadequate supply of B12 have an increased risk for developmental delays and poor neurological function. The best sources are animal foods, such as clams, tuna, liver, beef, and salmon.
DHA: Infants of mothers with a high DHA concentration in their breast milk have been shown to have improved brain and vision development. Good sources include salmon, sardines, fortified eggs, and dairy.
Choline: Choline is a nutrient similar to folic acid that is crucial for brain development. The need for this nutrient increase during pregnancy and are the highest in breastfeeding moms. Choline is very important for infant memory and brain development. The best food sources of choline are eggs and organ meats like liver.
Vitamin D: This vitamin supports the immune system, brain, and nervous system and reduces risk of postpartum depression and anxiety. The best dietary sources of Vitamin D are fatty fish like salmon and tuna, liver, fortified dairy and orange juice, and egg yolks.
Even under normal circumstances, it can be quite difficult to incorporate so many vitamins and nutrients into a diet. For a new mother, it is especially important to be assured of the quality and safety of any supplements—which is why vitamin gummies at Gummi World are developed by a team of healthcare and nutraceutical experts known as the Gummi World Diamond Team.
Contact Us: Call our Partner Satisfaction Expert at 830-358-9770 today to learn more about how you can create a custom, postnatal gummy vitamin or schedule an appointment online.