PMProcare as a breastfeeding supplement
Did you know that you require more: Omega-3 fatty acids, Iodine, Zinc, Vitamin C, E, B2, B6 & B12 during Breastfeeding than you did whilst pregnant? PMProcare is more than just a supplement for pregnant women, it also offers many benefits for women who breastfeed. Although your baby has been born, they still rely on you for nutrients to further grow and develop and carrying on the excellent job you did during pregnancy. The quality of breast milk can vary amongst women depending on their diet. Thus continuing with supplementation enables your milk to contain all the necessary nutrients in adequate amounts. Even if not breastfeeding, many women like the benefits PMProcare has on their own health and energy levels as early motherhood is a demanding and taxing job.
Nutrition is vital for infants as their bodies continue to develop and learn to function independently. Breast milk is undoubtedly the best food source for them, containing macro- and micro-nutrients, growth factors and immune proteins. But to deliver the best quality breast milk, it’s important that the mother is still getting a rich daily supply of nutrients so they can be transferred to their baby via their milk.
So why does PMProcare make an excellent breastfeeding supplement?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA are critical in two areas, the function and development of the brain and immune system. Prior to birth, you baby created billions of neurons (brain cells). After birth and throughout infancy, the newborn brain then creates connections and pathways between the neurons to establish memories, cognition and to process information. This vital process relies on an adequate amount of DHA. Increasing the maternal intake of DHA not only improves the amount of DHA in breast milk but has shown to improve aspects of brain development, function and learning.
Also after birth, your baby must learn to fend off bacteria and viruses on their own where the immune system must quickly adapt to in the early stages of life to prevent terrible infections. DHA and EPA play important roles in developing active immune responses and establishing tolerance mechanisms. As such DHA and EPA given to breastfeeding mothers have shown to reduce the incidence of infections and allergies in their children.
To understand the importance of iodine in breast milk, the breastfeeding period has the highest recommended intake for iodine than any other period of life. Iodine is required for the production of thyroid hormones, which play a crucial role in growth and metabolism making it vital for infants. Iodine deficiency is the number one cause of preventable mental retardation as thyroid hormones are also required for brain development.
One of the main changes a newborn must deal with is exposure to the new air-filled environment. For the first time, several organs are exposed directly to air such as the skin, eyes and lungs. Vitamin E is a key nutrient that offers anti-oxidant protection and in particular to cells that are exposed to the external environment. Why we as adults take this for granted, it is an important transition an infant must cope with and vitamin E is one of their main allies.
While your newborn baby has formed bones, the job is far complete. Compared to other systems, the skeletal system is one of the slowest and last to complete development. The bones are soft and fragile and require lots of calcium to become strong and rigid to support the fusion process, overall growth (height and posture) and to protect vital organs (brain, heart and lungs). In addition, calcium is also important for the development of muscles, the nervous system and strong teeth.
To support the role calcium has in skeletal development, your baby will need vitamin D. This nutrient aids the absorption of calcium in the intestines and is required for the process that results in calcium bone deposition. Failure for infants to get enough vitamin D results in Rickets, a common disease worldwide. As infants don’t receive much vitamin D through sunlight, they rely more on a nutrient supply of vitamin D. However recently, vitamin D has been shown to have more important properties in addition to those in bone development. It is also required for brain and immune development and is linked to a lower incidence of infections and cognitive problems.
Throughout infancy, your baby will gradually develop their eyesight as the eyes and brain work together to distinguish colour, depth, shapes and light intensity. Beta-carotene is an important nutrient that upon digestion is converted to retinol, a key component in the eye’s retina that will help your baby develop a strong visual system. Poor visual development in these early years can result in eye problems later in life.
There are over 100 different enzymes that rely on zinc to carry out reactions important for the growth and development of your newborn baby. Zinc is required for DNA and protein production, immune function, cell division and wound healing. It also plays an important role in the development of taste and smell.
Important for an infant’s overall health and development is vitamin C. This nutrient is required for a strong immune system, metabolism, healing wounds, repairing tissue and collagen production. It also acts as an antioxidant to protect the body’s cells, tissues, DNA and proteins.
Vitamins B6 & B12
Before birth, your baby had you to rely on for production of red blood cells. Now your newborn must produce their own red blood cells at a rapid rate to transfer oxygen to organs and tissues. Vitamins B6 and B12 play an integral part in the production of red blood cells, thus your baby will require an adequate supply from breast milk to support this process. Vitamins B6 and B12 are needed for the production of many cells throughout the body as well as antibodies for immune defense.
More essential vitamins & minerals
While perhaps less talked about but still important, the body requires a variety of essential vitamins and minerals for development and function such as iron, magnesium and B vitamins such as thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate. Obtaining a good amount of these nutrients everyday help cells, tissues, organs and systems function correctly so your baby can grow up to be healthy and reduce the risk of developmental problems.
PMProcare contains all of the nutrients listed above, making it a good supplement to take while breastfeeding to further support the growth and development of your baby.