Vitamin D is an essential vitamin and an important part of everyone’s diet. Getting a good amount of vitamin D in the early stages of life can help prevent autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Most importantly, Vitamin D increases calcium metabolism and reduces risk of current infections. Sometime this can be tricky because the main source of our vitamin D comes from food and the sun. Proper diets have a huge influence in determining our levels of this crucial vitamin.
It is vital that a baby consume enough vitamin D during the first year of life. This is particularly hard to do because breast milk and baby food may contain very little amounts of vitamin D. However, “new research has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies’ vitamin D status”.
 University of Otago. “Increasing nursing mothers’ vitamin D levels may benefit babies.” Science Daily. Science Daily, 30 August 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160830101350.htm>.
Most mothers know that breastfeeding their child has numerous health benefits for their child because they get all the nutrients they need. However, in today’s busy world where most women either bring in equal income or more income then their male counterparts, many women have chosen not to breastfeed, but instead went for the formula. Recent studies may make those considering feeding their child formula to reconsider.
A recent study has shown that breastfeeding may be good for the mother as well. If you have a family history of breast cancer then breastfeeding may be an incredibly important thing for you to do. Research shows that if you have a history of breast cancer then breastfeeding can actually cut the risk of breast cancer before menopause in half!
Additionally, if you chose not to breastfeed, BUT you did take the medication to help suppress the production of breast milk you also lowered your risk of breast cancer by about 42%. Although taking medication isn’t as good as breastfeeding it is definitely a better option then choosing not to breastfeed and not take the medication.
Hopefully this helps you decide whether breastfeeding is important to you or not. If you do possess a history of breast cancer then maybe this will give you that final push to decide to breastfeed your child.