Biotin and Breastfeeding

Although most people do not have any trouble getting enough biotin, breastfeeding women need more biotin than other adults because this vitamin is passed through breast milk. The Institute of Medicine recommends that breastfeeding women get 35 mcg per day (compared to 30 mcg per day for other adults).

An Overview of Biotin and Breastfeeding

Biotin is an essential vitamin, and is also known as vitamin H or vitamin B7. Breastfeeding women need a little more biotin than other adults, including pregnant women, as biotin is passed through breast milk.
 

Biotin and Breastfeeding Recommendations

The Institute of Medicine recommends a biotin intake of 35 mcg per day for breastfeeding women, preferably through food. This is slightly more than the recommended amount for other adults (30 mcg per day). Most people do not have any trouble getting enough biotin, as many foods contain biotin and because intestinal flora (bacteria in the digestive tract) also makes biotin. Biotin supplementation is not usually necessary for most breastfeeding women.
 
You should talk with your healthcare provider about biotin 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 biotin and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
 
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