“It’s highly recommended that moms continue taking their prenatal vitamins postpartum, especially if they’re breastfeeding,” says Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D., a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
Why? You’ll be passing along important vitamins and minerals to your baby, like calcium, iron, and folic acid—nutrients most women don’t get enough of.
“The extra iron helps replenish your blood supply after giving birth, while the folic acid helps the body to make new cells,” Gyamfi-Bannerman says.
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