Do I Need As Much Omega-3 When I Am Breastfeeding As When I Am Pregnant?

The nutritional needs of a woman are often very similar when she is breastfeeding compared to when she is pregnant, and Omega-3 fatty acids are no exception to this principle. It is important that a nursing mother get enough Omega-3 fatty acids in her diet, both for her and for her baby. In the same way, it is important that you get enough Omega-3 when you are pregnant, as well. Omega-3 fatty acids are an important component of both brain development and eye development.

There are three ways you can can get enough Omega-3 fatty acids. First of all, you can get Omega-3 fatty acids by eating more fish. However, you need to take care here. When it comes to eating fish to get your Omega-3 fatty acids, you need to be concerned about heavy metals or other toxins. Sometimes, these harmful elements are present in high levels in fish, and can also be passed from a nursing mother on to her baby, or from a pregant woman to her baby.

Another way that you can increase her omega-3 fatty acids when you are breastfeeding or when you are pregnant is to take an Omega-3 supplement. Supplments are often necessary because most women just don’t get enough Omega-3 fatty acids, especially the DHA type of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Beyond those two options, however, there is another way to get enough Omega-3 fatty acids, whether you are breastfeeding or whether you are pregnant. You can increase your Omega-3 fatty acids by taking certain prenatal supplements. Many prenatal supplements contain Omega-3 fatty acids, and many health care providers recommend that you take prenatal vitamins through the entire time that you are breastfeeding, as well as when you are pregnant.


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