I’m an all natural kind of girl. I’d rather get my nutrients from the direct source than pills or supplements. My instincts have always told me this is the healthiest way. It might not be for everyone, but it definitely works for me and mine.
I just recently had my 4th baby. There are way too many people out there who will tell parents that they can’t do this or that. I try not to listen to naysayers. It’s more fun to focus on what works and just keep going.
My children have never known formula. I eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and have fun receiving my vitamin D directly from the sun when I play outside with the kids.
After homebirthing a 9 & 1/2 pound baby “playing outside” sometimes has to be reduced to reading to the newborn under a shining sky. But doctors everywhere tout around the “your breastmilk isn’t enriched with vitamin d, like formula.” This is usually when they try to charge parents $40 for a tiny vial of oral vitamin D drops.
With my first kid I bought it, but my midwife laughed and said, “Just put the baby in a sunbeam for at least 15 minutes a day.” It’s silly to think of it now. That’s probably some of the best advice I’ve ever received.
Maybe it’s different for other people but when I try taking vitamins, they don’t benefit me the same way as sunlight, fresh air, and healthy foods. Now that I’ve been at this parenting thing for a while I trust myself a lot more. I’m that annoying healthy mom who doesn’t let my kids eat McDonalds and serves regular snacks like carrots, apples, and really any fruit or veggie we can afford.
My youngest just turned 2 weeks. He loves napping outside as his body absorbs the nutrients of the sun. I love getting back into the swing of things and enjoying my own backyard.
Vitamin D has been said to help prevent many illnesses, from the flu to Covid-19 and more, sunshine and fresh air is medicinal. There are always conflicting reports and studies but recently the effectiveness of supplements has been called into question.
I’m not a doctor or a scientist, I’m just a mother.
I trust my gut and when it comes to this, I look to the sun. Sure breaks in the shade or indoors to give skin a rest and avoid other issues like skin cancer are important, but as always, it’s all about balance.