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Benefits of Taking Vitamin E While Breastfeeding

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Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
Benefits of Taking Vitamin E While Breastfeeding
Additional vitamin E while breastfeeding may be necessary to protect your newborn and promote her healthy development. Photo Credit Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images


The nutrients you ingest while breastfeeding will make their way to your baby as she nurses. The first food your baby eats is called colostrum, and is rich in vitamin E, say Victor R. Preedy and Ronald Ross Watson, authors of "The Encyclopedia of Vitamin E." As your baby grows older, she will need to continue receiving a healthy dose of vitamin E through your breast milk. Vitamin E offers your baby several benefits, and taking additional supplements may be necessary to promote the health and well-being of your little one.

Helps Prevent Anemia

Benefits of Taking Vitamin E While Breastfeeding
Vitamin E can help prevent anemia. Photo Credit areeya_ann/iStock/Getty Images

Vitamin E is an important nutrient that can help prevent your baby from developing anemia after he is born, says Jan Riordan, author of "Breastfeeding and Human Lactation." Anemia is a decrease in red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your baby's body. The development of anemia can cause extreme fatigue as well as stress your baby's internal organs, Kids Health reports. If your body is low in vitamin E, it will be more difficult for your baby to get the amount that he needs to help prevent anemia. In some cases, taking additional vitamin E may boost your levels enough that your baby gets what he needs.

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Protects the Eyes and Lungs

Benefits of Taking Vitamin E While Breastfeeding
Vitamin E is considered to be an antioxidant and can help protect the eyes and lungs. Photo Credit RyanKing999/iStock/Getty Images

Vitamin E is considered an antioxidant, Riordan says, and sufficient levels can help protect your baby from retina and lung-related injury. According to Mary Treinen Moslen and Charles V. Smith, authors of "Free Radical Mechanisms of Tissue Injury," a low level of vitamin E can restrict how much oxygen reaches the retinas and the lungs, which can lead to injury if the problem is not diagnosed and treated. If you are breastfeeding and have very low levels of vitamin E, your baby may not be getting enough of what she needs to ensure that her retinas and lungs receive an adequate amount. Taking a supplement can help you increase your levels so you nursing baby gets what she needs. Your doctor may also recommend adding vitamin E-rich foods, such as nuts and nut oils, to your diet.

Promotes Healthy Muscle Development

Benefits of Taking Vitamin E While Breastfeeding
Vitamin E will help protect your baby's muscles. Photo Credit jonathanfilskov-photography/iStock/Getty Images

According to Eileen Behan, author of "Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding," vitamin E helps protect your baby's muscles, cardiovascular system and nerves. Vitamin E is necessary for proper metabolism, and if your baby is deficient, he experience weakness or degeneration of his growing muscles. You may need to supplement the vitamin E you get from food if your baby is having difficulty growing or seems to be weak or tired on a regular basis. Increasing how much vitamin E you take can help promote healthy development of your baby's muscles.

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  • "The Encyclopedia of Vitamin E"; Victor R. Preedy and Ronald Ross Watson; 2007
  • "Breastfeeding and Human Lactation"; Jan Riordan; 2005
  • Kids Health: Anemia
  • "Free Radical Mechanisms of Tissue Injury"; Mary Treinen Moslen and Charles V. Smith; 1992
  • "Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding"; Eileen Behan; 1992
  • University of Florida: Facts about Vitamin E
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