Is breastfeeding an alternative to immunisation?

Baby vaccinations on a white background.After the birth, the baby is temporary and partial resistant to some serious childhood diseases. It is a gift from his mother in the form of antibodies, which passed through the placenta. Breastfeeding is a further uplift of maternal antibodies, however, is not an alternative to vaccination.

First of all, mother’s milk does not protect the child completely against disease, and secondly this natural resistance in each case decreases over time.

Therefore breastfed babies require vaccinations in exactly the same way as formula fed babies.

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ABC of vitamin D

For proper development of the child it is required to provide him with adequate amounts of vitamins. It is worth to know that while breastfeeding your baby, you should supplement vitamin D, which is produced in breast milk.

Why is Vitamin D3 is so important for a tiny body?

Vitamin D3 is essential for the proper development of the child. Its deficiency can lead to rickets or osteoporosis. Vitamin D as a pro-vitamin can be found in natural products, such as whole milk, eggs and fish. In conjunction with this, sunlight begins to produce vitamin D in the human body. But UK is in the climate zone, where there is not enough of sunlight and the production of such a form of vitamin D is not sufficient to prevent the negative effects of the vitamin D shortage. Therefore, it is important to supplement the proper dosage which you ca discuss with your GP.

The UK Department of Health recommends that all babies aged from 6 months to 5 years should take a Vitamin D supplement.

It is worth to know that vitamin D3 has a positive effect on:

  • absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body,
  • proper teeth and bone health,
  • proper functioning of the nervous and muscular systems,
  • increase the body’s resistance,
  • alleviating inflammatory conditions of the skin.

The dosage of vitamin D3 for babies

Vitamin D3 is absorbed very slowly. It takes time for calcium absorption into the body hence it is advisable to take vitamin D while you are pregnant (from the second trimester). It is advised that if mother started supplementing in pregnancy and she continues to take vitamin D when breastfeeding, the daily dose for the breast-fed baby is 400 units. In the case of mixed feeding the dose for your baby should be determined by GP. This is very important because most of the milk formulas contain vitamin D.

The dosage of vitamin D is very important, since both deficiency and excess in the body can bring health problems. In case of deficiency the bones and dental health can be significantly weakened. Therefore the condition can lead to future bone fragility and osteoporosis or poor dentition. However in cases where vitamin D is in excess, it may cause an increase of calcium level in the blood, which leads to dehydration, lack of appetite, frequent constipation, vomiting, general malaise, and for cardiac arrhythmia, renal failure, hypertension or kidney stones. Therefore, it is essential to establish administration of cod liver oil and other vitamin D supplements with GP.

Which vitamin D supplement is the best for babies?

First of all you need liquid form of vitamin D for baby for the best dosage.  Drops are great in this case. My best are Natures Aid Health 400iu 50ml Vitamin D3 Drops. It comes as a 50 ml bottle of liquid vitamin D3. Standard dosage for babies and children less than 5 years old is 0.5 ml so the bottle should be enough for about 100 days! Another positive is useful dropper built in the cap which makes dosage really easy without any dirty spoon or separate dropper. Simply squeeze the cap to get the liquid into dropper and place drops onto your nipple or a pacifier and allow baby to suck for 30 seconds. You can as well mix with formula, juice or food or simply put it directly into baby’s mouth. Natures Aid vitamin D is produced in UK, designed for breastfed babies, infants and children, free from sugars, flavourings, preservatives, artificial colours, lactose, yeast and gluten.

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Top 5 Reasons Babies Cry

For the first 3 months of live the infants cry often. But this is the only way they can provide us with important information. Here’s what crying baby wants to say:

  1. I’m hungry, please feed me. Crying indicates that baby wants to eat, cry begins quiet and gradually builds up, becoming louder and louder.
  2. I’m wet, please change my nappy. This type of crying is not as penetrating as the cry of hunger. From time to time your baby stops for a moment, but after a short break starts crying again.
  3. I’m bored, please play with me. When your baby is bored his cry is usually like calling. Baby wants you to pay more attention to him.
  4. I’m tired, give me a break. Tired baby gives us signals not only by crying, but the whole body lets us know that he has had enough and wanted to take a rest, e.g. he may turn the head away from those who entertain him.
  5. Something hurts me, help me. In this case, the baby’s crying is violent and appears suddenly.
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Boost your child immune system – Colostrum

Colostrum in it’s natural form is a thick, yellow fluid produced by mother’s lactic glands during the first hours of lactation. Then, under the influence of appropriate hormones the right lactation starts. Colostrum is the very first food of the newborn. Pure colostrum can only be achieved within six hours of birth. Continue reading

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Read Me Mum

Reading stories to children has an extremely important influence on the development of the mind and personality of the child. Nowadays reading is even more important than ever before. Why?

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How To Train Your Toddler For A New Sibling

It will be a joyous moment for a couple when they discover that a second baby is on the way. But your toddler may find it very difficult to accept the arrival of a newborn. He cannot imagine his mum and dad giving attention to a newcomer. The addition of a new member can affect him badly. Have you spent sleepless nights thinking about preparing your toddler for a new sibling? Continue reading

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