Now that you have a newborn, the question is what to feed your new bundle of joy. Breast milk is of course best and this will last from anywhere from 4 months up to one year. At some time within this period you will need to move on to feeding whole foods to your infant. However, before that, you may need to supplement yourself with omega-3s and minerals. Generally speaking, your newborn will get everything they need from breast milk, so the real problem is making sure you have plenty of nutrients to keep you going.
The current thinking is to have pregnant women and breastfeeding moms to take DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, omega-3) supplements. DHAs are also put into newer baby formulations. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids (EFAs) meaning we don’t make them so you must get them from your diet. The fetus and newborn get omega-3 from you (newborn from breast milk) and you get it from the foods you eat and/or supplements you take. Most of us don’t get enough omega-3s from our diet and so supplementation becomes necessary. DHAs are an important cell membrane component found in every cell in the body, however are extremely important for brain cells. Neurons are growing and innervating various parts of the newborn brain at this time so a good supply of omega-3s is important. DHA is also important for eye development as well. The need for omega-3s continues throughout life.
If you have any mineral deficiencies such as calcium and zinc created when you were pregnant, you might want to consider supplementation with these minerals. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before taking any supplement.