Should breastfeeding women take folic acid?

Folic acid, an important nutrient for pregnancy, has been found to pass into breast milk. As of this time, this hasn’t been shown to harm nursing babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees with this finding. This agency has found folate to be safe with breastfeeding. It’s recommended that 500 daily micrograms (mcg.) be taken when nursing.

It is generally advised to continue taking your prenatal vitamins while lactating. There is extra folic acid in these as compared to regular vitamins so that will be adequate and further supplementation is not necessary. Many pediatricians recommend giving the baby a vitamin D supplement also.

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