The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids during Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding support

Omega-3’s are Essential during Breastfeeding

Human breast milk contains a ratio of EPA:DHA of 1:2.5 in Australia and this reflects the importance particularly of DHA for infant development.9

Support for Baby’s Brain and Eye Development

Supplementing with Omega-3’s will support your baby’s brain and eye development, with studies reporting improved infant motor skills, attention and behaviour.6 Other studies indicate benefits for the baby’s immune system development with supplementation of Omega-3’s reducing the incidence and severity of IgE (allergic) diseases in the infants first year of life.10

The demands of pregnancy and lactation increase risk of DHA loss from tissues including the brain, especially in women with inadequate dietary intakes.11 Low tissue levels of Omega-3’s are present in postpartum depression.11 Therefore to look after the health of you and your baby it is a good idea to supplement with Omega-3 fatty acids.

Why Choosing Pure and Sustainable Omega-3 Fish Oil is Best for You and Your Baby

In addition to the regular inclusion of Omega-3 rich foods in your diet, your practitioner may prescribe Omega-3 supplements to increase your intake of these important nutrients. Using concentrated fish oil avoids the potential health issues associated with consumption of fish containing environmental toxins.

Take Omega 3 in liquid or capsule form

Depending on your preference and health needs, you can take Omega-3’s in either liquid or capsule form. Make sure to ask your practitioner that the Omega-3 supplement you are taking is highly concentrated, with high quality and purity assurances, as well as being sourced from sustainable and environmentally sound sources. This way, you will best look after the health of you, your family, and the environment.

REFERENCES

9 Hibbeln JR. Seafood consumption, the DHA content of mothers’ milk and prevalence rates of postpartum depression: a cross-national, ecological analysis. J Affect Disord. 2002; 69(1-3): 15-29.

10 Furuhjelm C, Warstedt K, Fagerås M et al.  Allergic disease in infants up to 2 years of age in relation to plasma omega-3 fatty acids and maternal fish oil supplementation in pregnancy and lactation. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2011; 22(5): 505-14.

11 Levant B. N-3 (Omega-3) Fatty Acids in Postpartum Depression: Implications for Prevention and Treatment. Depress Res Treat. 2011; 2011: 467349.

12 FSANZ. Mercury in Fish. 2012, Barton.

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