We have made it to 6 months of breastfeeding – wahoo! As mothers will know, there are certain things you should and shouldn’t do whilst breastfeeding and pregnant (well, things you should and shouldn’t eat mostly). You need more vitamin D when breastfeeding in particular to help your baby starve off chances of getting rickets. I actually had to do a survey about what I knew about rickets at Chloe’s latest check up and I really didn’t know a lot, to say it is pretty common in the UK.
Anyway, I was sent some Calcium and Vitamin D tablets from simplysupplements.co.uk to try, as well as a vitamin B complex, omega-3 oils aaaand luckily some lovely lavender essential oils, with sweet almond carrier oil and some massage oil. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
Firstly, the oils were lovely. I’m a big fan of essential oils anyway so these were used to help with sleep and some bites we got whilst on holiday – the pain instantly disappears. The sweet almond carrier oil is really pure and great for when I was using the essential oils with the kids (they shouldn’t be applied neat to children and babies). They all smelt great and I look forward to continuing using them.
I sometimes felt like I was popping lots of pills if I took one or two of each tablet daily, so I decided I would take it in turns and have in the morning and one in the evening and rotate what I had of each. The calcium and vitamin D tablets are fairly large but easy to swallow. If you’re like my hubby though who can’t swallow pills they could be chewed but I imagine it would be quite chalky, due to their texture. These are perfect to take for breastfeeding mothers and will benefit both you and your baby.
The vitamin B complex tablets are small so very easy to take. They are a high strength so I found one a day was fine for me. In cold and flu seasons though I think its good to take perhaps 2 per day to help build up some resistance to fight germs.
The omega-3 tablets are huge! I found these quite hard to take, and I’m not someone that really cares about swallowing tablets. I had to make sure I drank plenty, before and after, otherwise it felt a little like it was just stuck in my throat. They have lots of benefit but are a little large. They are in a squidgy capsule and I’m wondering if you could snip the capsule and drink the oil instead? It might not taste very nice though!
The Simply Supplements website is straightforward to use and they stock a variety of different supplements, for all sorts of ailments and conditions. I think that the prices are really reasonable too. The packs I received are huge and will last for a long time.
*I was sent these oils and supplements free of charge, in exchange for an honest review.