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Fish Oil While Lactating

Posted May 13 2010 4:26am

Omega-3’s are hugely important for baby’s brain and visual development.

Supplementing EPA /DHA is necessary since dietary sources are limited .

95% of Americans are deficient.


Breast-fed babies of mothers who supplemented with Omega-3’s, years later scored higher on standardized tests of reading, visual interpretation, nonverbal skills and math.  Researchers found that boys with ADHD have significantly lower levels of both EPA and DHA than those without the disorder.

Mayo Clinic investigators state: “The mental apparatus of the coming generation is developed in (the womb) and the time to begin supplementation is before conception.”

A normal brain cannot be made without an adequate supply of omega-3 fatty acids and there may be no later opportunity to repair the effects of an Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency once the nervous system is formed.

It’s important for mom to continue supplementing after delivery to reduce postpartum depression.

Continue supplementing with Omega-3 during breast-feeding or add one capsule to the day’s supply of formula.  Add to baby’s food and give one to baby to chew when teeth appear.

Fish oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory.  Reduces the occurrence of ear infections, colds and viruses.

the above information was sourced:  barb lagoni – nutritionist

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