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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Newborn and Infant Care
Prenatal vitamins while nursing
I know that while breastfeeding I have to be extremely careful about any meds that I take for headaches, etc and about how to take them -- my doctor reccommends taking the medication right after a feeding and then waiting a certain number of hours before another feeding. But what about prenatal vitamins? Is it OK to take a prenatal vitamin and then breastfeed immediately or soon thereafter?
Vitamin levels in breast milk are relatively constant, even with ingestion of prenatal vitamins. So it is OK to take your prenatal vitamin and nurse your child immediately, or anytime.
Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati