Omega-3 Fatty Acids And Breast Milk

Like many other nutrients, Omega-3 fatty acids pass through breast milk. For this reason, it is important that a nursing mother get enough Omega-3 fatty acids in her diet, both for her and for her baby. In fact, one of the best things a nursing mother can do for her baby is to increase her Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are an important component of both brain development and eye development. In addition, Omega-3 fatty acids may be able to help reduce the risk of postpartum depression.

There are, essentially, three different ways a woman can get enough Omega-3 fatty acids, and make sure her baby gets them via her breast milk. For starters, a woman 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.

Another way that a nursimg mother can increase her omega-3 fatty acids is to take an Omega-3 supplement. An Omega-3 fatty acid supplement will pass through your breast milk on to your baby. 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 into your breast milk. In addition to supplements or eating more fish, 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 nursing.

As with any supplement, check with your healt care provider before starting on an Omega-3 supplement or prenatal supplement, as the ingredients can be passed to your baby through your breast milk.


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