Should I give my Baby Vitamin D drops?

When my babies were born I was advised to give them Vitamin D drops.  It never felt right about dropping an oil into their tiny mouths so I never gave them the drops.  My instinct told me that breastfeeding and mothers milk should provide all the needs a baby should require.

Through my journey as a Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath my understanding has become greater.  And I wish I had this knowledge well before I decided to have children.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning it is stored in my body and needs certain enzymes and bile to break down the fat for proper absorption.  Not being able to absorb the fat means it builds up in the body.  And can become problematic if we don’t need the levels we are ingesting.  That is why I advise testing your Vitamin D levels.  Accumulation of Vitamin D can lead to digestive upsets, kidney and gallbladder stones, and painful stiff joints over time.

How do We Absorb Vitamin D?

We need healthy organs to break down and absorb Vitamin D.  The Liver and Gallbladder are involved in this breakdown and proper absorption of Vitamin D.  If the liver and gallbladder and not functioning to optimum levels Vitamin D absorption can be affected, and cause storage.

Vitamin D Absorption in Babies

Research has shown an infants liver and gallbladder are not fully functioning until they are 2 years old.

Does this mean their ability to break down fats is compromised?

Should we be asking if Vitamin D drops would add to digestive upsets or colic???  Is this possible??

But Breastmilk is High in Fat Content!!!

Yes, breastmilk is high in fat content.  But it is also a complete food provided by mother to nurture infants.

The nutrient level of mother’s milk depends a lot on her own nutrient intake, and that is why a very good diet is advisable.  I use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis to support mother and baby through pregnancy and to support nutrient intake after birth, while breastfeeding and beyond.

Mother’s breastmilk contains a high amount of fat to feed a babies quickly developing brain.  Mother’s breastmilk also contains naturally occurring enzymes which are present in order to break down the milk.  When a babies body is lacking a substance nature usually provides its own natural source to compensate for any lack.  Mother’s breastmilk also contains a small amount of Vitamin D, and with it the sufficient amount of enzymes for baby’s absorption.

Vitamin D Testing

If there is a risk of low Vitamin D levels in mothers and breastmilk, a Vitamin D test during pregnancy would be sufficient to provide evidence of sufficient vitamin D level during and after birth.  This simple test should be offered as part of every pre-natal and post-natal care package.

It can take some months to build up a good Vitamin D level in the body where levels are insufficient using supplementation alone.  Supplementation alongside Homeopathy will help speed up the overall serum levels in a shorter space of time.

I recommend Vitamin D testing to all my clients who are considering pregnancy, on their fertility journey, during pregnancy and after birth.  Research has shown that mother’s Vitamin D levels can drop during breastfeeding, which would indicate a certain amount is going towards the production of breastmilk, and to benefit baby.

So, in conclusion, perhaps the emphasis needs to be, once again, placed on the health of the mother during pregnancy and beyond.  Not just on the baby’s development alone.

A more holistic approach would be very welcomed.  

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7071444/#:~:text=Human%20breast%20milk%20is%20the,%2C%20immune%20function%2C%20and%20metabolism

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15001122/#:~:text=Full%20maturity%20takes%20up%20to,transport%20and%20insulin%20growth%20factors

 

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