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Omega-3's and Breastfeeding

by Whitney Poma |

It's common for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to be advised to take a daily DHA supplement but did you know that it's important to continue taking your supplement beyond pregnancy? 

The demands of pregnancy and lactation cause women's bodies to supply DHA to their growing baby. Without an adequate diet to support DHA intake for both her and her offspring's needs mother can become depleted - with studies showing that maternal DHA levels were decreased as much as 50% after a single pregnancy and were not fully replenished at 26 weeks postpartum. Furthermore, studies show that DHA changes due to pregnancy can contribute to postpartum depression. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids DHA and EPA found in fishoil are critical for infant brain development through at least two years of age. Infants born to mothers with higher blood levels of DHA at delivery had advanced levels of attention spans, and were 2 months of ahead of babies whose mothers had lower DHA levels. Lower brain DHA levels are associated with cofnitive deficits and increased behavioral indicators of anxiety, aggression, and depression in children.

Omega-3 fats are not synthesized by the body so they must be obtained through diet or supplementation. It's a quick jump to then think that one could eat fish every day to meet their needs but this then runs the risk of consuming too many heavy metals like mercury. The quantity of DHA present in breast milk is directly influenced by the mother's diet and infants whose mothers took a DHA supplement were found to have a fatty acid ratio more desirable to reducing the risk of many chronic diseases.

Our Mom Brain Postnatal DHA was formulated with your postpartum DHA needs in mind. Getting your daily DHA has never been easier with a subscription that delivers a daily supply to your door each month. 

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