Nutrients to Support Postpartum
NUTRIENTS TO SUPPORT POSTPARTUM AND BEYOND
Choline, omega-3, lutein, iron, zinc, amd vitamin B12 support child brain development. 12, 14,15,16,17,18
Postnatal nutrition sustains infant growth and improves childhood outcomes.
The first three years are a critical window for microbiome development influencing future gut and immune health.
TIPS FOR BREASTFEEDING
Try and use the first few days after birth to get your position and attachment in a way that is comfortable, pain-free and relaxing for you and baby. This can help problems down the track.
Be patient and be kind to yourself. Breastfeeding is a skill you and baby are learning together and this takes time and practice. If you are feeling frustrated, stop and try again and if baby is distressed, ask someone
to keep them distracted until you feel more relaxed.
Let your baby create the pace and try to feed on demand or based on need. You will start to understand your baby's needs and frequent and effective feeding can help you produce enough milk for your baby.
Look for feeding cues from baby to indicate thye are ready to feed i.e. sucking on hands or tongue, hand movement to mouth, quick eye movement.