Lutein supplementation may help lactating moms and breastfed babies
The newborn brain needs lutein for healthy growth, and lutein also improves vision and protects the eyes in infants and adults. In this study, 89 women who had given birth in the past four to six weeks to a full-term baby, and who were successfully breastfeeding, took 6 mg or 12 mg of lutein per day, or a placebo.

After six weeks, compared to placebo, lutein concentrations in breast milk were more than double for the low-dose lutein group, and more than triple for the high-dose lutein group. Circulating levels of lutein in the infants were two to three times higher than placebo for the low- and high-dose lutein groups, respectively. Doctors suggest breastfeeding women consume enough lutein to help ensure infants develop healthy brains and eyesight.

Reference: J Nutr. 2014 Aug;144(8):1256-63.
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