Postpartum women need nutrients in greater amounts. A good multiple, the omega-3 oils and minerals are in order. Keep in mind that it’s the fat-soluble nutrients (like A, E, D, K and Omega-3s) that are more likely to get into breast milk, and these nutrients will benefit both baby and mother.
If nutritional replenishment does not seem like it’s doing the job of restoring energy and vitality, the mother may want to ask her doctor to run a hormone test. In the case of hormone depletion and replenishment, it is important to take natural bio-identical hormones that are the exact molecules a body makes, not a pharmaceutically altered version that may have unwanted side effects. Usually more than one hormone is depleted. Hormones prescribed in smaller, more conservative physiologic doses that match the amount a body would be making naturally are most desirable. And keeping up on nutrients with hormone replacement is still important, as nutrients are required to make these hormones naturally in the body.
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