Is Your Vitamin Halal?

Noor Vitamins are certified Halal and affordable.

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)

Nutrition Enhancement

Salaam Nutritionals

Vitamin Corner

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.

12 Great Suhoor Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

Dates

The best form of suhoor is dates as understood from the following hadith of the Prophet (saws), “How excellent are dates as the believer’s suhoor.” [(Sahih) Abu Dawood (2/303)]

Fresh Fruit

Prepare a fruit salad and refrigerate the night before to save time and energy.

Green Smoothie/Juice

Green foods increase the fat content of breastmilk and will give you an energy boost. Collards, spinach, kale, wheat grass, or any other green leafy vegetables can be juiced or chopped into smoothies. Spirulina, kelp, barley grass, alfalfa leaf and herbs are also great green foods to add to your morning drink. Here is an easy recipe for a Green Smoothie for Breastfeeding Mothers.

Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. If boiled eggs are too bland for you, boil them the night before and make an egg salad or egg curry.

Oatmeal

Oats are the most commonly used food to increase milk supply in the U.S. It is one of the most nutritious foods and contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Save time by mixing raw oats and water the night before and placing the bowl in the refrigerator. In the morning it will be thickened and can be eaten cold or warm. Stir in dried fruits, nuts and butter for a boost of nutrients. Oats can also be prepared in advance as granola or breakfast bars for suhoor.

Hummus

Chickpeas are known to increase milk supply. Also, the sesame seed butter or tahini is a strong source of calcium. I highly recommend making your own hummus because it is less expensive and easy. For an extra boost of nutrients and to your milk supply, add extra raw or roasted garlic.

Baked Yams

Baked yams can be prepared the previous night and eaten cold or warmed in the morning. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar and butter for extra flavor.

Lentil Soup

Make a pot of soup to last a few days.  Add fennel for if need to increase your milk supply. Mung beans and fava beans (foul) are great alternatives.

Raw Almonds

Nuts are great for suhoor because they require no preparation. Macadamia nuts and cashews are also known to support milk supply.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Again, these can be prepared the night before and served cold or warm. Add flaxseed to your batter for extra nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Here is a recipe for Mama’s Milkie Morning Pancakes. And here is another delicious recipe, Almond Butter-Flaxseed Pancakes.

Beet Muffins

Reddish vegetables are full of beta-carotene which is needed in extra amounts during lactation. Beets are a wonderful source of minerals and iron. I made these muffins the other day and they were delicious! If you don’t like beets, these carrot muffins are great as well.

Water

I know this isn’t a food but it is important that you hydrate yourself when fasting. Avoid filling your stomach with water at suhoor. Instead, be conscious of your fluid intake starting at Maghrib and moderately drink throughout the night.

Increase Your Milk Supply with Homemade Tea

All the times I bought tea to boost my milk supply, it never dawned on me that I could save money by making my own batch.  By going to your local health food store and purchasing a few herbs, you can easily make enough milk boosting tea to last you a few months.  Checkout this post by Passionate Homemaking to get useful information and to learn how to make recipe #1.  I have provided some additional recipes to give you options. 

Recipe #1

1/2 cup nettle leaf, dried

1/2 cup red raspberry leaf, dried

1/4 cup alfalfa leaf, dried

1/4 cup dandelion leaf, dried

1/4 cup fennel seed– you could also substitute fennel with any of these seeds: anise, cumin, caraway, coriander or dill

1/4 cup blessed thistle

ground cinnamon, to flavor

Recipe #2

2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers

1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds

1/2 tablespoon dried nettle

1/4 tablespoon dried lavender flowers

1 cup boiling water.

Recipe #3

1 ounce dried borage leaves or blessed thistle

1 ounce dried raspberry leaves or nettle leaves

1 tsp anise or coriander seeds

Recipe #4

1 tsp of fennel

1 tsp of cumin

1tsp of Dill

Pre-Ramadan Tip for Nursing Moms: Buy a Galactagogue

A Galactagogue is a substance that increases milk supply. Giving yourself a boost before Ramadan will help prevent low milk supply as you transition to different eating patterns and fasting. Also if you decide to start pumping before Ramadan, it will help maintain your present supply. The most popular galactagogue is a herb called Fenugreek, and can be taken as a liquid extract, dried powder capsule or in tea form. It is a great supplement because its safe and has a long history of use without serious side effects. Not only is Fenugreek super at increasing milk, it can also be gargled for a sore throat, used to stimulate appetite and aids in digestion. Also, all my breastfeeding moms will be happy to know that its seeds can be steeped, mashed and applied to the breasts to relieve mastitis and engorgement!

It is most affordable and accessible at Arab and Indian grocery stores because it is commonly used as spice in curry dishes. It can also easily be found as a supplement at health food stores but will be significantly more expensive. I highly recommend buying Motherlove’s Alcohol-Free More Milk Plus Formula because it is convenient and is easy to take in drop form as an extract. My second best recommendation (and most economical) is to buy the seeds, steep a few teaspoons in a pot of hot water and fill a pitcher to be kept in the refrigerator. Drink a cup 3-4 times day. Milk supply will significantly increase within 24-72 hours and use of the supplement can be discontinued once the supply increases.  By the way, if you are allergic to chickpeas or peanuts, do not take Fenugreek.  For more information, check out Kelly Mom’s Guide to Using Fenugreek