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Can Breastfeeding Moms Take Stresstabs Multivitamins?

Medically reviewed by Ruben Macapinlac, MD, DPPS · Pediatrics · Philippine Pediatric Society


Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated 2 weeks ago

    Can Breastfeeding Moms Take Stresstabs Multivitamins?

    Breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby until they are ready for solid foods. And for good reason. On top of being a complete nutrient source, breastfeeding also protects babies from infections and provides health benefits to moms as well. Finally, it gives mothers and babies time for bonding. But, breastfeeding requires a lot from the moms, especially in terms of nutrition. For this reason, many consider taking multivitamins, such as Stresstabs, while nursing. Is taking stresstabs multivitamins for breastfeeding mom okay? Here’s what you need to know:

    It’s Okay For Most Breastfeeding Women to Take a Multivitamin

    Your first concern as a breastfeeding mother is probably this: Is it okay for me to take multivitamins in the first place? 

    Most breastfeeding women can take a multivitamin, but they might need to be careful with the brand. Experts recommend “some sort of multivitamin that contains 100% of the recommended dietary allowance.” They also ask mothers to consider continuing their prenatal vitamins, but reminded them that these supplements might contain more iron than what’s required for breastfeeding

    If you have any questions about whether it’s safe for you to take a certain kind of supplement while breastfeeding — especially if it’s one that contains iron — always talk to your doctor first before taking any supplement or medication.

    What About Stresstabs Multivitamins For Breastfeeding Mom? 

    Again, you should consult your doctor first if you want to take Stresstabs while nursing. This is because this supplement brand already contains iron. On top of iron, it also contains:

    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E
    • 8 B-Complex Vitamins

    More importantly, notice how it contains significantly fewer vitamins and minerals compared to other brands specifically made for pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

    The Center For Disease Control mentioned that nursing mothers need Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Iodine.  All of these are not contained in Stresstabs. 

    Is There a Risk With Regard to Taking Excessive Micronutrients?

    The nutritional demands of breastfeeding makes it seem highly unlikely that you’ll need to worry about taking excessive micronutrients. But, the possibility is still there. For instance, prolonged high doses of B6 may cause temporary problems, like neuropathy, in mothers. Micronutrients can also easily pass through the breast milk and might affect your baby’s nutritional intake.  

    But since taking “high doses” depends not only on the brand of supplements, but also on the mother’s dietary nutrition, it’s quite difficult to ascertain how much is too much for each woman. This is why the doctor’s advice is important.  

    As for Stresstabs multivitamins for breastfeeding mom, the brand recommends 1 tablet daily OR as prescribed by a physician. They also noted some overdose symptoms that might happen, like nausea, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation. 

    The Goal is to Get Nutrients From a Healthy Diet

    As you’re breastfeeding your baby, it’s important to eat a variety of healthy foods. You should make sure you’re getting enough calories each day to meet your needs. Eating a variety of healthy foods will also ensure that your baby gets all the nutrients – macros and micros – they need for healthy growth and development.

    Key Takeaways

    There may be benefits to taking a multivitamin while breastfeeding. It’s easy to get all the nutrients you need when you’re eating well, but it can be more difficult if your diet isn’t as balanced or varied. That’s where supplements come in handy. Just remember that not all women should take them during pregnancy or lactation, and especially not in high doses, because they might have side effects (like diarrhea or constipation). Finally, remember that even though most vitamins are safe for breastfeeding mothers, always check with your doctor before making any dietary changes. 

    Learn more about Breastfeeding here. 

    Disclaimer

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Ruben Macapinlac, MD, DPPS

    Pediatrics · Philippine Pediatric Society


    Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated 2 weeks ago

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