Breastfeeding, Babies and Vitamin D - Peachymama USA

Breastfeeding, Babies and Vitamin D

August 27, 2018

Few in the medical community will now argue that “breast isn’t best” for a baby, agreeing that breastmilk is the most nutritionally complete food for infants. But as the awareness of how good vitamin D is for the human body grows, an increasing number of studies that focus on vitamin D and its importance for infants are beginning to mount up. The studies are revealing that a mother’s breastmilk may not have the ideal amount of vitamin D for her baby.

Vitamin D Baby Breastfeeding

The Benefits of Babies and Vitamin D

Sometimes referred to as a “wonder vitamin”, vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for anyone, of any age. When it comes to babies, vitamin D has a number of significant benefits such as:

  • Maintaining the potassium and calcium levels in an infant’s blood so that they are able to build strong bones and teeth
  • Maintains insulin levels (some studies have shown that adequate vitamin D intake early on can prevent type 1 diabetes)
  • Helps support the baby’s heart and nervous system
  • Maintains your baby’s blood clotting abilities and mineral balance

Some studies have also shown that adequate vitamin D intake can reduce the risk of suffering from infection as well as curtail the development of other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

How to Add Vitamin D to you Baby’s Life

If your baby is under 12 months old and is exclusively or partially breastfed, the best way to provide them with that much needed vitamin D is through one drop of 400IU (international units) vitamin D drops a day. Mums can place a drop on their nipple prior to having their baby latch on (though make sure that the baby has a good latch and feeds for at least 30 seconds). If you’re feeding you baby more than 1 litre of vitamin D-fortified infant formula, however, then you baby is likely receiving enough. As your baby grows, he or she will be able to obtain vitamin D through a number of different sources, including:

  • Sunlight
  • Oily fish
  • Eggs
  • Vitamin D fortified foods (including whole cows milk)
Before including any new supplements to you baby’s diet, be sure to stop in and consult with your baby’s health professional for further guidance. X

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Size Guide

The sizing & fit of Peachymama nursing clothes are specially designed for you and your ‘after baby’ body.

Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra. 

Keep in mind our sizes are based on an Australian fit. Use the chart below to find yours.

If you're not sure, simply contact us with your a) measurements, b) height and c) weight and we'll guide you to the perfect size.

    TOPS & DRESSES

    PEACHYMAMA SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16
    US SIZE XXS XS S M
    US SIZE 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
    CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN
    BUST 89-94 35-37 94-99 37-39 99-104 39-41 104-109 41-43
    WAIST 66-72 26-28 72-76 28-30 76-81 30-32 81-86 32-34
    HIPS 91-97 36-38 97-102 38-40 102-107 40-42 107-112 42-44

     

    PANTS & JEANS

    PEACHYMAMA SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16
    US SIZE XXS XS S M
    US SIZE 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
    CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN
    WAIST 66-72 26-28 72-76 28-30 76-81 30-32 81-86 32-34
    HIPS 91-97 36-38 97-102 38-40 102-107 40-42 107-112 42-44
    FRONT RISE 28 11 29 11 1/2 30 11 3/4 31 12
    INSIDE LEG 76 30 77 30 1/3 78 30 2/3 79 31

    * 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
    ** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.