If a mother eats a reasonably, well-balanced diet, taking vitamins are not necessary. To find out why, checkout this article by Kellymom. SubhanAllah, Allah (swt) has made our bodies very efficient at producing milk for our babies.
However, with the demands and stress of postpartum life, many women fall short of eating a truly, nutritious diet. Therefore, many women continue take a multi-vitamin to ensure that they are getting all the nutrients they need.
“O you who have believed, eat from the pure things which we have provided you” (Quran 2:172). Did you know that most brands use haram ingredients to make their vitamins? Many people do not think it is important to check the pureness of vitamins, but as narrated by Abu Hurayrah (RA), the Prophet of Allah (saws) said, “a time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother what he intakes; whether from Halal source or Haram” (Bukhari). Gelatin derived from pig fat or bones, is often used in vitamins as a softening agent. Alcohol may also be used to make certain ingredients in vitamins. Also, fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K often come from non-halal sources.
S’ad RA relates: Allah’s messenger (saws) said “O S’ad purify your food (and as a result) you will become one whose supplications are accepted. I swear by He in whose hands the soul of Muhammad (saws) lies, verily a servant (of Allah) tosses a Haram morsel in his stomach (due to which) no deed is accepted from him for 40 days” (Tabarani)
We all want our deeds to be accepted by Allah (swt). Therefore, it is important that you check your vitamins with a resource such as Muslim Consumer Group or contact the company to verify if the vitamins are safe to consume.
To make it easy for you, I have compiled a short list of halal vitamins.
Noor Vitamins (Certified Halal by Islamic Services of America)
Halvit (IFANCA certified)
Landau Multivitamins, Minerals, and Prenatal Vitamin
Maxi Health Multivitamins, Minerals, and Prenatal Vitamin
Solgar Multivitamins and Minerals, Calcium Citrate & Vitamin D
Zahlers Multivitamins and Minerals
If you know of anymore halal vitamin products, please contact me.