All Your Nutritional Needs During Breastfeeding (And How to Get Them)

After all that hard work, your baby is here! But don’t toss the prenatal vitamins just yet. Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, your body needs additional support to bounce back from ten months of building an entire little human. Nursing mamas in particular should keep on keeping on, because a good prenatal vitamin is just as important during this stage as it was during your pregnancy. In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, let’s talk about all your nutritional needs during the breastfeeding stage.

Breastfeeding = Hard Work

Fun fact—the average breastfeeding mother spends 35 hours per week nursing. For a little perspective, the average American spends about 34.4 hours per week at their actual, paying job. So we can all agree that nursing is hard work, and a little support goes a long way. Producing breast milk to meet the demands of your baby means you may be eating a bit more—somewhere in the 300 to 400-calorie range—but many experts are in agreement that a well-balanced diet alone may not be enough. That’s why most doctors encourage new mamas to supplement what they’re eating with prenatal vitamins.

Enter Beli women’s prenatal vitamin. Our science-backed formula supports you from pre-conception through pregnancy and during breastfeeding, and it’s one of the few prenatals on the market meeting recommended levels of key nutrients your baby needs for proper development.

Specific nutrients have been identified for their ability to meet the unique nutritional needs of breastfeeding women, and it’s worth scanning your bottle of vitamins to ensure you’re getting everything you need. Think about it—there’s a lot going on after your baby is born, and you deserve all the support you can get. 

The right supplement should be formulated with a key mix of nutrients for all of the following benefits: 

    • Healthy breastmilk production and a reduced risk of postpartum depression
    • Immune support and improved heart health
    • Appetite regulation and high energy levels
    • Anemia prevention and reduced fatigue
    • Better quality of sleep

Your baby will also benefit from certain nutrients, like choline, that pass through benefit to support critical brain development in those early days and weeks.

Vitamins D, E, B6 and B12, choline, iron, and magnesium are non-negotiable in your prenatal vitamin during the breastfeeding stage, and ensuring you’re getting adequate amounts of this nutrients is just as important. But if the idea of calculating daily recommended amounts seems like a bad joke during this post-pregnancy/new baby haze, we get it. And we have an easy workaround—switch to Beli. Done!