Can You Take Vitamin B6 While Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding women have a higher need for vitamin B6
), compared to most other adults (including pregnant women). However, this should not imply that breastfeeding women should take large doses of vitamin B6
. A prenatal vitamin
contains plenty of vitamin B6
for most women.
The Recommended Dietary Intake (RDA) of vitamin B6 for breastfeeding women is 2 mg per day. While many women have no difficulty getting plenty of vitamin B6 through a healthy and well-balanced diet, it is probably a good idea for many (if not most) women to take a prenatal vitamin, just to make sure that no vitamin deficiencies develop during this period of high nutritional need.
Very high doses of vitamin B6 have been reported to decrease breast milk supply; therefore, very high-dose vitamin B6 supplementation is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about vitamin B6 and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about vitamin B6 and breastfeeding that is right for you.