New-mom need: Energy lift

Supplement: Hematinic formula
How it helps: Rebuilds hemoglobin lost in delivery; encourages mitochondrial function.
Standard daily dose: 1,000 mcg folic acid, 18 mg iron, 25 mg B6, 1,000 mcg B12, and 500 mg vitamin C

Supplement: Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
How it helps: Boosts adrenal function; supports the immune system; eases stress. Safe to take while breast-feeding.
Standard daily dose: 200—400 mg of standardized extract

New-mom need: Immunity boost

Supplement: Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
How it helps: Enhances infection resistance.
Standard daily dose: 2 grams

Supplement: Chlorella
How it helps: Stimulates the immune system; contains enzymes that support digestion.
Standard daily dose: 2 grams

New-mom need: Mood support

Supplement: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
How it helps: Staves off postpartum depression by replenishing essential fatty acids.
Standard daily dose: 1,000 mg

Supplement: Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
How it helps: Has antidepressant properties.
Standard daily dose: 200—400 mg of standardized extract

Source: Robert Rountree, MD, co-author of The New Breastfeeding Diet Plan (McGraw-Hill, 2006).