One of my favorite childhood memory is of me and my cousin’s sun-bathing every weekend morning at our compound’s driveway.
We’re all seated, with our shirts rolled up, our bare back facing the sun. We’ll stay this way until our friendly neighborhood taho vendor turn around our street corner, our sign that we had enough Vitamin D for the day.
BREASTFEEDING AND VITAMIN D
It’s been a long time since I sunned myself, partly because I’m now well-too aware of the dangers brought by excessive exposure to harmful sunlight.
However, since I’m still breastfeeding Raven, I see to it that I’m still getting enough Vitamin D for the two of us as it is needed for calcium absorption.
During our office’s annual physical exam, I was told that 7 out of 10 Filipinos are Vitamin D Deficient. And for nursing mothers like myself, low concentration of Vitamin D in the breast milk may even lead to Vitamin D Deficiency in infants.
As it is needed for bone growth and development, Vitamin D deficiency can result to delayed motor development, muscle weakness and rickets for infants and chronic diseases, osteoporosis and even cancer for adults.
This is why breastfeeding mothers need to ensure that they get sufficient supply of it to minimize these risks.
GET ENOUGH VITAMIN D NOW
- HAVE SOME SUNSHINE
Direct exposure to the sun is the best way to absorb Vitamin D. We need to consider though various reason like indoor lifestyle, clothing, skin color, aging and even the use of umbrellas or sunscreen since these can limit Vitamin D absorption.
- LOAD UP ON FORTIFIED FOOD
Swap up some of your usual diet with some those rich in Vitamin D like fatty fish (tuna, mackerel and salmon), milk, shrimp and eggs.
- TAKE SUPPLEMENTS LIKE FORTI-D
The dynamics of our everyday life have reduced our ability to naturally absorb Vitamin D. This is why Vitamin D supplementation is important, especially for us breastfeeding mothers.
One Forti-D capsule a day meets the body’s daily requirement of Vitamin D (800 IU), which is safe for daily intake. It gives serious protective effects against diseases by keeping our VITAL ORGANS functioning healthily.
Our body provides sustenance and nutrients to our babies so it should go without saying that we need to start serious protection and that is just what Forti-D is for.
I’ve always been wary of taking in supplements but after reading up on the risks of Vitamin D Deficiency to my body and my son, I now see it as an guaranteed alternative to ensure that we are both getting enough.
Serious protection for our family’s health and well-being should be everyone’s top priority and there is no better time to start doing is than now. As they say with Forti-D “Seryosong Proteksyon, Simulan Ngayon!”