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Or what kind of supplements do you take? I've continued taking the prenatal I took throughout pregnancy, and now I take some omega-3 fish oil capsules as well. My prenatal is just the generic from Target though (probably not the best...) I'm just wondering what other bf'ing moms do who might know a bit more about what multivitamin is a good one. I eat mostly organic and very healthy I'd say, but not perfect...
 

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I took Jarrow Preg-Natal +DHA when I was pregnant with dd, continued as we nursed, and am especially careful about taking it now that I'm nursing and pregnant again!
 

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I take a prescription prenatal vitamin and extra vitamin C and folic acid.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'm still taking my prenatal vitamin because honestly my diet is less than ideal. I think I need to add some calcium as well.<br>
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I know- I eat a varied diet of fruits and veggies and multigrains and kefir and yogurt and steer clear (for the most part) of processed junk, but compared to mamas on here I'm totally clueless about nutrition. So I'm sure I'm short on something, or a lot of things, lol. I don't even know what a good multivitamin is, or if they're all the same. Way back when the midwife didn't seem to think it mattered which one I took as long as it had enough folic acid, but I'm getting low. Before I spring for another jumbo bottle, I'm wondering if there's a better one out there for bf'ing moms, or how one picks the best for their needs.
 

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I take the target Pre-natal vitamins, a Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc supplement (it helps keep my milk supply steady despite the hormonal dips of AF's return), a Flax Oil supplement (I'm allergic to fish, and have to get those Omega3s somewhere!), an E supplement, and a C supplement.<br><br>
My dh is a graduate student in Nutrition and an amazing chef so I eat really well from a "balanced diet/nutritional needs" angle...mostly the supplements are there to keep everything in tip top shape.<br><br>
You might want to check out the nutritional information on the kellymom site (<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/mom-vitamins.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...-vitamins.html</a>) for more information about vitamins and supplements for nursing mamas.
 

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I still take my prenatals as well as flax oil when I remember.
 

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Nope. Sometimes I take my older kids' gummy bear vitamins.
 

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Yes. I also take a calcium/magnesium supplement and this fish oil:<br><br><a href="http://www.nordicnaturals.com/" target="_blank">http://www.nordicnaturals.com/</a><br><br>
It's very pure, heavy metal free. It's so fresh that I can even take the liquid and it's not fishy.
 

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just popping in to listen...i had the same question
 

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One thing to note about multivitamins. Iron competes with zinc for absorption in the small intestine, so you should take additional zinc at a separate time if you are taking a mulitvitamin with both iron and zinc. Prenatals alone may actually create a zinc deficiency. Zinc is important for a fully functioning immune system and brain development.<br><br>
Food sources for zinc include red meat, legumes, nuts and seeds (esp sunflower seeds).<br><br>
I got this information from Hilary Jacobson's Mother Food (for breastfeeding moms) in case you need a reference.
 

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I take the same prenatals I took during pregnancy: Eclectic Institute's Vita Natal. It's a 6 a day tablet which is a pain, but my midwife feels like it's more bio-available and complete than other brands, so I've stuck with it.
 

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taking same pre-natal and calcium supplements... nothing fancy.. just brooks brand.
 

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Thanks for the input. I keep hearing about Nordic Naturals and these Rainbow ones. Besides Omega-3s I was kind of afraid of taking more supplements on top of Prentatals, but I did not know that about zinc and iron. I used to take Vit C supps. Maybe I will again.
 

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I take Rainbow lite one a day, country life cal/mag, country life Omega Mom post-partum, emergen -c and good quality probiotics which help keep our thrush at bay. I also like some extra vitamin d and B vitamins. Notice a difference in my mood and anxiety levels when I incorporate them.<br><br>
I do believe that there is a difference in quality among brands.
 

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I take prenatals and the Nordic Naturals (Omega Woman) too. Plus cal/mag when I can remember (and lots of fenugreek...supply issues and all of that<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )
 

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I actually stopped taking them and didn't restart until about 3 weeks ago. I don't remember where I got them, but they're a cheap-o brand. I also take calcium+D.<br><br>
DH just got revitalized about eating healthy and excercise, so there is nothing but whole, healthy food in our house and I feel confident that even without the prenatals, I'd be getting what I need <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I never take prenatals. I've been through 2 pregnancies in the past 4 years, and am tandem nursing my boys. I take a normal 1-a-day about twice a month- more often when I was TTC and in the first trimester of my last pregnancy- less often before then (incl. during my first pregnancy).<br>
I just try to eat well, something about vitamins freaks me out.<br>
My 3 yr. old does take some health food-y multivitamins every day. I just started giving them to him a few weeks ago on a whim.
 
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