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Breastfeeding and Vitamin Supplements

So how many of you breastfeeding mums were advised to take Vitamin D supplements throughout your pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding?

I know I certainly wasn't - although because I don't eat red meat, I did take pre-natal supplements. However, this was primarily to ensure my iron levels were good. But Vitamin D? It never crossed my mind...

According to this report rickets, a bone disease caused by Vitamin D deficiency and once thought to have been eradicated in the UK, is on the increase particularly amongst Asian, Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern children.

As a result, pregnant women and mothers breastfeeding their babies are being advised by the UK Department of Health to boost their intake of vitamin D in the winter to prevent their child suffering rickets or seizures. According to the report children under 4 years of age should also be receiving supplements.

Vitamin D is found in some foods such as oily fish, eggs, fortified cereals and bread and is also gained by exposure to around 15 minutes of sunlight a day.

Christmas Wishes

My Christmas Angel!Gosh, how the days are flying by. I think NaBloPoMo killed my blog! I was so burnt out after posting every day for a month that I just sort of left it for too long!

But I haven't been doing nothing... I've been busily promoting my social network for mothers as well as adding some extra chapters to the book I've been working on for the past six months or so.

I've also been Christmas shopping :)

Which reminds me, if you're stuck for ideas for presents for mothers and with just a few days left to go, why not have a look at some of our previous Carnival posts. Last month we suggested some wonderful book and video gifts for breastfeeding mothers as well as for mothers in general! And last year we had a whole carnival devoted to gift ideas for the breastfeeding mother!

Anyway, Jack is currently pushing a piece of paper at me as he demands I draw all his favourite characters from Thomas the Tank Engine so I'd better go...

Wishing you all a very happy and festive holiday! Happy Christmas to one and all :)

Breastfeeding for Beginners

I just came across this breastfeeding video today and was very impressed. It shows real mothers breastfeeding their babies and also allows them to explain comfortable positions and the benefits to them and their babies.

The whole feeling coming across is bery positive and shows breastfeeding in a very relaxed light - just how it should be!