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Supplements and Vitamins for New Moms

a variety of vitamin and supplement pills



Healthy foods can provide most of nutrients your body needs right now.  

But if you're breastfeeding, you should take a supplement.

Take a multivitamin with 0.4 mg (or 400 mcg) of folic acid. It's also important to make sure you get enough calcium, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids and iron.

Vitamin B12, another vital nutrient, is found in meat, fish, poultry, milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs. It supports brain and nervous system development. If you don't eat meat, fish, poultry, milk, cheese, yogurt or eggs, take a vitamin B12 supplement - about three micrograms per day.

Some nutritional yeast contains vitamin B12, but during breastfeeding it's best to make sure you get enough by taking a supplement. 

Tell your healthcare provider about any supplements you're taking. Remember to mention any herbal supplements, remedies or natural vitamin products.

Herbal products are drugs that can produce side effects. Check with a pharmacist about a specific herb and its safe use during breastfeeding.


To avoid poisoning, always store supplements and medications safely out of reach of young children.

Resources & Links:
HealthLink BC: Nutrition While Breast-Feeding
HealthLink BC: Vitamins: Their Functions and Sources
HealthLink BC: Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Adults 


Last Updated: August 5, 2013