Maternal Nutrition & Lactation Support
Nutrition pre-conception, throughout pregnancy and postnatally are stages of motherhood when nutrition matters the most. Nutrient requirements increase significantly and achieving these goals with diet and nutrition is always best, but not always possible. Jessica Hazen, Dietitian and Lactation Specialist, can provide you with nutritional support during this critical time.
Pre-conception, fertility nutrition
Preparing for pregnancy is the best time to meet with a dietitian to make sure your overall nutrient goals are meet in the diet and receive advice on starting a prenatal. This is especially important for those with PCOS, which can have an effect on fertility.
When there are challenges in conceiving, micronutrient testing using Spectracell is recommended for both male and female partners since certain nutrient deficiencies can lead to infertility. Testing gives a clear view of the important nutrients that need to be maximized in the diet or supplemented. Overwhelming evidence suggests that infertility issues stem from low antioxidant status. Deficiencies in vitamins C and E, zinc, copper, magnesium, folate as well as the powerful antioxidant cysteine have been linked to infertility. In many cases, targeted repletion is very beneficial with fertility and related issues like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.
Testing gives a clear view of the important nutrients that need to be maximized in the diet or supplemented. Testing for MTHFR genotype is recommended in order to make sure your body is able to process folate. MTHFR genotype can cause nutrient deficiencies and be a cause for infertility that can be remedied with proper supplementation of the methylated folate.
During your pregnancy meeting with a dietitian can be beneficial to provide recommendations to help meet your increased nutrient requirements, especially if pregnant with multiples, struggling with morning sickness or if diagnosed with gestational diabetes. An infant’s health begins in the womb, making pregnancy a critical time to build a strong foundation by optimizing nutrition.
After the baby has arrived maternal calorie requirements are at their highest while breastfeeding. Jessica Hazen, Dietitian and Board Certified Lactation Specialist, can help new Mom’s achieve their breastfeeding goals, assist with infant latch, maternal nutrition and optimizing breast milk supply or provide guidance with milk protein allergy in infants and maternal diet elimination.
Having a lactation consultant is a great idea for any new Mom. Challenges that can be addressed include getting baby to latch, nursing pain, feeding multiples, increasing breast milk supply or preparing to return to work. Jessica Hazen, a maternal nutrition dietitian, and board-certified lactation specialist can provide the nutrition and lactation support for all new Moms. Jessica has received additional training in tongue-tie and lip tie assessments and treatment strategies.
Baby lead weaning, spoon feeding or combination of both? We can help you achieve your feeding goals by getting baby off to a good start and clear up the research behind starting allergens early to best protect your baby and prevent allergy.