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Breastfeeding food supplement

Breastfeeding is an essential and delicate period in the life of a mother and her baby, when nutritional needs are particularly high. Plusbaby, specialising in support for preconception, pregnancy and the postnatal period, offers a range of entirely vegan food supplements, without colourings or additives, for the well-being and health of both mother and baby. These products, developed according to the latest scientific and medical research, guarantee optimal quality and high bioavailability of nutrients, ensuring healthy lactation and optimal recovery after childbirth.

The importance of nutrients during breastfeeding

During breastfeeding, mum's need for nutrients such as vitamins, calcium and omega fatty acids increases. Plusbaby offers products such as +mumour multivitamins for breastfeeding, and +omega 3 vegandesigned to meet these essential needs. These supplements provide the essential nutrients needed to produce rich, nutritious breast milk and maintain the mother's health.

The role of supplements in milk production

Mums can sometimes face challenges such as insufficient milk production or difficulties with lactation. Plusbaby breastfeeding tea, with its blend of medicinal herbs, stimulates lactation and aids digestion, also relieving colic in infants. These natural ingredients, such as fennel and fenugreek, are recommended to strengthen mum after giving birth and ensure abundant lactation.

The benefits of omega fatty acids and other nutrients

The +omega 3 vegan from Plusbaby, rich in algae-based DHA, is crucial for a baby's neurological development. These fatty acids, along with vitamins D and folic acid, play an essential role in the health of the mother and the healthy development of the child, contributing to the cognitive and visual health of the infant.

The importance of DHA-rich omega-3 during breastfeeding

Omega 3, in particular DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), is a vital nutritional component during breastfeeding. DHA is essential for the development of an infant's brain and eyes, playing a key role in their cognitive and visual growth. For breastfeeding mums, adequate DHA intake is crucial, as the DHA in breast milk is directly linked to the mother's diet. That's where our +omega 3 vegan product from Plusbaby comes in. Designed specifically for the needs of women during pregnancy and breastfeeding, +omega 3 vegan provides a rich, vegan source of omega-3 fatty acids. This supplement ensures that breastfeeding mums have the optimal levels of DHA needed to support their baby's healthy development. By choosing DHA-rich +omega 3 vegan, mums can be confident that they are giving their baby the best possible start, with a high-quality product designed with their unique needs and those of their baby in mind.

Choosing the right food supplement for breastfeeding

Choosing the right supplements for breastfeeding is vital. Plusbaby offers products such as +mumwhich contain specific nutrients essential for maternal and infant well-being. Our herbal teas, in addition to supplements, are beneficial for promoting relaxation and supporting milk production, providing a more comfortable and effective routine for breastfeeding mums.

The crucial role of 5-MTHF folate during breastfeeding and the superior quality of +mum

5-MTHF folate plays an essential role in the health of mothers during the breastfeeding period. This most bioavailable and active form of folate is crucial for DNA synthesis and cell division, ensuring healthy development of the baby even after birth. It is particularly important during breastfeeding, as it contributes to the production of breast milk rich in essential nutrients, supporting the infant's growth and development. Aware of its importance, at Plusbaby we have opted for 5-MTHF folate rather than standard folic acid in our +mum product. This choice reflects our commitment to providing the best ingredients for the well-being of mums and their babies. The 5-MTHF folate in +mum ensures maximum absorption and effectiveness, ensuring that mums receive the highest quality nutritional support during this crucial phase of motherhood.

Continuing vitamin supplementation after breastfeeding

Even after breastfeeding has stopped, vitamin supplementation remains a crucial aspect of a mother's health. FMH specialists in gynaecology and obstetrics recommend continuing to supplement with products such as +mum for a period equivalent to that of breastfeeding. This practice helps to restore the mother's nutrient reserves, which can be considerably depleted after the breast-feeding period. Take the example of a mother who has breastfed for six months. It is advisable for her to continue taking +mum for a further six months after she has stopped breastfeeding. This ensures that her body receives the vitamins and minerals it needs to recover from the breastfeeding period and maintain its own well-being. This follow-up helps to balance the levels of vitamins and minerals, such as iron and calcium, which are essential for her long-term health, and ensures a smooth transition to a daily post-breastfeeding routine.

The role of hormones and medicinal plants in breastfeeding

Hormones such as prolactin and oxytocin play a crucial role in breastfeeding. Prolactin stimulates milk production, while oxytocin encourages milk to be expelled. Supplements such as Plusbaby lactation tea contain herbal ingredients such as fennel, aniseed and cumin, which are known for their properties in stimulating milk production and aiding milk secretion. These herbal teas also offer additional benefits, such as reducing colic in infants and improving maternal digestion, thereby strengthening the bond between mother and child during feedings.

Managing physical and emotional well-being during breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can also be emotionally and physically challenging. Natural solutions, such as the use of breast pumps, can help mums to manage milk production and storage, particularly during periods of engorgement or when mums return to work. In addition, the practice of relaxation, supported by soothing herbal teas and gentle exercises, can help manage stress and promote a calmer breastfeeding experience. Supplements such as +mum help maintain a high level of energy and vitality, essential for mothers who are breastfeeding and coping with the demands of motherhood.

Swiss breastfeeding recommendations

The Swiss recommendations on breastfeeding are in line with those of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and are supported by the Swiss health authorities, such as the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Here are the key points of these recommendations:

  1. Exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months: It is recommended that babies should be exclusively breastfed with breast milk for the first six months of life. Exclusive breastfeeding means that the baby receives only breast milk, with no other liquids or solids, including water.
  2. Gradual introduction of solid foods : After six months, while continuing to breastfeed, it is advisable to gradually introduce appropriate complementary foods. This transition should be gradual and adapted to the child's rhythm, while continuing to breastfeed until the child is two years old or more, depending on the child's needs and the mother's wishes.
  3. Importance of Colostrum : Colostrum, the first milk produced immediately after birth, is extremely beneficial for newborn babies. Rich in antibodies and nutrients, it plays a crucial role in protecting the infant against infection and contributes to its early development.
  4. Skin to skin contact : Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and for the first few weeks is strongly encouraged. This contact encourages breastfeeding, strengthens the mother-child bond and helps to stabilise the newborn physiologically.
  5. Breastfeeding support : The Swiss authorities stress the importance of support for breastfeeding, whether through health services, the workplace or the community. This support includes information and advice on breastfeeding techniques and how to overcome any difficulties.
  6. Flexibility and Personal Choice : Although breastfeeding is recommended, it is also recognised that each situation is unique. Decisions about breastfeeding must be respected, whether the choice is to breastfeed, to use infant formula, or a combination of the two.

These recommendations aim to promote the health and well-being of infants and their mothers, recognising the importance of breastfeeding while respecting personal choices and individual situations.

Foods and drinks not recommended during breastfeeding

While breastfeeding, it's important for mums to eat a balanced, nutritious diet to ensure their health and that of their baby. However, certain foods and drinks are generally not recommended or should be consumed with caution:

 

  1. Alcohol : It is advisable to avoid alcohol while breast-feeding. Alcohol can pass into breast milk and affect the baby. If alcohol consumption is unavoidable, it is advisable to wait a few hours before breast-feeding.
  2. Caffeine : Caffeine, which is present in coffee, tea, certain soft drinks and chocolate, can also pass into breast milk. Excessive caffeine consumption can make the baby agitated or disrupt his sleep. It is advisable to limit caffeine consumption.
  3. Certain fish : Although fish is a good source of omega-3 and protein, certain fish with a high mercury content should be avoided or limited. These include shark, swordfish, marlin and tilefish. Fish such as salmon, trout and herring are generally considered safe and beneficial.
  4. Very spicy or strong-tasting foods: Some babies may be sensitive to very spicy or strong-tasting foods eaten by their mothers. If the baby seems irritable or has digestive problems after breastfeeding, it may be useful to examine the diet.
  5. Dairy products (in certain cases) : Si le bébé présente des signes d’allergie ou d’intolérance (comme des coliques, de l’eczéma ou des troubles digestifs), il peut être conseillé de limiter ou d’éviter les produits laitiers dans l’alimentation maternelle.
  6. Potential allergens : If there are food allergies in the family, certain common allergens such as nuts, soya or eggs could potentially affect the baby.

 

It is always advisable to consult a healthcare professional for personalised advice on feeding while breastfeeding, especially if there are specific concerns about the baby's health.

Additional considerations for breastfeeding mothers

In addition to taking supplements, maintaining a balanced diet rich in proteins, fruit and vegetables is crucial. It is also important to consult a health professional before starting any supplementation regime, particularly if you have a specific medical condition or are taking medication.

As well as taking supplements, it is crucial for breastfeeding mums to maintain a balanced diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables, and to stay properly hydrated. It's also important to talk to a healthcare professional before starting any supplementation regime, especially if the mother is already taking other medication or has specific medical conditions.

Breastfeeding is a crucial stage for both mum and baby

Breastfeeding is a fundamental period for the baby's health and development, as well as for mum's well-being. A breastfeeding supplement can make a major contribution to this stage, providing the nutrients needed for healthy lactation and successful breastfeeding. By choosing the right supplement and following a balanced diet, mums can ensure the best possible start for their babies.

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