Breastfeeding
Motherhood

Vitamins For Breastfeeding Mothers

 

                  Its very important for us new mothers to drink post natal vitamins, because when we gave birth to our babies, all of the extra nutrients came out with him. Here’s what I take and the reason behind it. Also, my OBGYNE recommended to take these until Inigo’s 6 months.

A. OBIMIN PLUS

    1. DHA+EPA – These are equivalent to Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It supports the development of the baby’s brain, eyes and nervous system and it can be passed on to your baby by breast milk
    2. Vitamin A,C,E and Zinc –It helps boost immune system,  A study conducted by the Australian Maternal and Child Health Service found that new mothers who supplemented with zinc had improved energy levels while their babies had less incidence and severity of infant colic.
    3. B- Complex – to help optimize conversion of food into energy that the body can utilize.

B. IBERET FOLIC

    1. IRON- for u nursing moms that’s always puyat.
    2. FOLIC ACID – very important that breastfeeding mothers get atleast 500mg a day because it helps your body produce red blood cells.

C. CALCIUMADE

    1. CALCIUM – Studies have shown that women often lose 3 to 5 percent of their bone mass during breastfeeding, although they recover it rapidly after weaning. This bone loss may be caused by the growing baby’s increased need for calcium, which is drawn from the mother’s bones. So we should continue to drink supplements to make up for the loss calcium in our body.
    2. VIT D – is usually the partner of calcium for better absorption.

D. BLACMORES NAIL, HAIR and SKIN

    1. BIOTIN –  is an essential vitamin which has been found in clinical trials to thicken hair and stimulate hair and nail growth.
    2. ZINC –  helps maintain the structural integrity of nails, hair and skin and promote healthy immune system

*This helped me lessen the hair fall during my third month of post partum

You can buy this vitamin here:

Blackmores Nails, Hair and Skin 60 count

E. PROBIOTICS

1. Immune System Support – The majority of immune cells are actually located in the gut as that is where the most bacteria are located in. Taking probiotics helps support a healthy immune system by having an anti-inflammatory effect.

2. Normalizing gut health and bowel movement – Probiotics are also play an important role in normalizing bowel movements and are used to reduce the length and duration of diarrhea and can reduce symptoms of those that are chronically constipated.

*I think this really helped me counter the effect of having too much iron in my system, I never had a problem with constipation after giving birth. We all know how hard it is to be constipated when you are healing from brith, whether it’s normal or CS delivery.

You can buy this vitaimin here:

Nature’s Way Adult Vita Gummies Daily Probiotic 80S

Aside from these, I made sure to drink a lot of fluids, ate a lot of sinabawan (soup) viands , rest if I can and only think about positive thoughts. I never entertained negativity because I was enjoying the gift of life.

I drank these until Inigo was 6 months old and I am proud to say that Inigo nor I never had sickness. I guess taking care of yourself properly will lead you to produce more milk in the future. I am currently 29 months post partum and I still do have lots of milk.

My advice to mommies out there who wants to  continue breastfeeding, keep drinking vitamins in order to help our body produce more milk.

Please follow and like us:
Breast Pump
Motherhood

Should You Buy Breast Pump?

 

Everyone is raving about Breast Pump and honestly, I found it amazing! I never though pumping was possible until I had a little on the way. It’s a nice thing to have but also comes with a hefty price. Should you invest in a breast  pump?

I had a Medela Single Electric Pump. Did I think it was helpful? Yes it was.

But if I will give birth again, will I buy one again? My answer is NO.

Why? Here are the things I have not considered by then, before it was all my pregnancy hormones kicking up that made me purchase a pump!

 

  1. Are you going to be a full time/stay at home mother?

If yes. Then there’s really no need to buy it! I daydreamed all these wonderful ideas before, that I can buy myself some sleep when my partner can feed my baby my pumped milk . I WAS WRONG. Babies are intelligent! They know if you are there! Sometimes they will take it, a lot of times they will WAIL like shouting “MAMA I KNOW YOU ARE THERE, SHOW ME THAT BOOBY OR I WILL TURN THIS HOUSE DOWN”.. Yup that kind of crying will make your sweet little heart jump for fear!

  1. Are you planning to leave the house for some time?

    Like groceries and the stuff and leave your baby with your relative?

If yes. This is a good idea, it would really be a liberating thing to do and pumped milk standing by is a great way to convince us that everything is going to be alright. But you know what? Once you are a mother, you can never leave your baby for too long. There’s this voice that keeps on telling you “ go home, your baby is waiting dearly for you”. Sometimes again, it works but a lot of times, you will come home and the baby never fed from the bottle. YOU WILL FEEL GUILTY. I am always eaten by my guilt so I never really went outside without the baby.

  1. Are you living with your in-laws and only have one refrigerator?

If yes then you really should not think of pumping and stashing. I did that only to find out that it was beside a fish early in the morning. If you can not control the situation in the refrigerator, the milk might get contaminated, let’s not risk that.

 

Key Takeaway

if you are going to be full time mother and no plans of getting back to work anytime soon, then there’s no need to buy it. Eitherway, it’s very easy to buy when the time comes and you need it! Just enjoy these direct latches from your baby, anyway, maximum of this kind of bonding with your child is up until 3 years old.

 

Please follow and like us: