Overall, human breast milk has been found to be low in certain nutrients in developed countries: vitamin D, iodine, iron, and vitamin K. Additional nutrient deficiencies have been documented in resource-poor countries: vitamin A, vitamin B 12, zinc, and vitamin B 1/thiamin.
What vitamins are depleted by breastfeeding?
The levels of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, iodine, and selenium in breastmilk are also affected by how much is in the food the mother eats.
Can breastfeeding cause vitamin deficiency in mother?
Breastfeeding women have a higher need for vitamin B12, compared to most other adults (including pregnant women). Mild vitamin B12 deficiencies are common since the developing fetus used up much of the mother’s stores of the vitamin during pregnancy.
What vitamins are depleted after pregnancy?
It’s no surprise then to find most women will begin motherhood already depleted in key nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and essential fatty acids.
Can I take vitamin D during breastfeeding?
In addition breastfeeding mothers should take a daily Vitamin D supplement of 10 µg per day – in fact as more and more conditions are linked with lack of vitamin D most of us would benefit from taking it regularly.
Can I take B12 vitamins while breastfeeding?
Summary of Use during Lactation
Vitamin B12 is a normal component of human milk.  The recommended daily intake in lactating women is 2.8 mcg and for infants aged 6 months or less is 0.4 mcg.  Some authorities recommend 5.5 mcg per day during lactation.
What happens if I forgot to give my baby vitamin D drops?
A: You should give the drops once a day, every day. But, if you forget one day, it is all right. The vitamin D is stored in the baby and there will be enough to make up for the occasional missed day. Q: If I give the vitamin drops to the baby, will the baby not want to breastfeed?
Does B12 go through breast milk?
Vitamin B12 is transferred through the placenta to the fetus during pregnancy and through breast milk after birth. Infants who drink breast milk from a mother who consumes adequate amounts of vitamin B12 or infants who drink infant formula, will receive enough vitamin B12.
Does breastfeeding deplete zinc?
Most mineral supplements (e.g., iron, calcium, copper, chromium, zinc) taken by the mother do not affect breastmilk levels.
Do you need more vitamin D when breastfeeding?
To avoid developing a vitamin D deficiency, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfed and partially breastfed infants be supplemented with 400 IU per day of vitamin D beginning in the first few days of life.
How do you replenish minerals after pregnancy?
Dairy foods are the easiest way to get more calcium including yogurt, milk, and cheese. Some greens, such as spinach, even includes some calcium. Some other great ways to get calcium in your diet include calcium fortified orange juice, pink salmon, sesame seeds, and even almonds.
Can I take Vit C while breastfeeding?
The recommended vitamin C intake in lactating women is 120 mg daily, and for infants aged 6 months or less is 40 mg daily.  High daily doses up to 1000 mg increase milk levels, but not enough to cause a health concern for the breastfed infant and is not a reason to discontinue breastfeeding.
Can I take vitamin D instead of my baby?
Dr. Bruce Hollis is the lead author of a 2015 study that concluded that supplementing the mothers of exclusively breastfed babies with 6400 IU vitamin D per day is a safe and effective alternative to directly supplementing babies with 400 IU vitamin D per day.
Can you take multivitamins when breastfeeding?
Multivitamins. Breastfeeding mothers need to take some sort of daily multivitamin that contains 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA). If you wish, you can continue to take your prenatal vitamin or mineral supplement – however, it contains much more iron than needed for breastfeeding.