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.

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

The Benefits of Black Seed for Breastfeeding

The translation of Al-Bukhari, hadith 5364, narrated from Abu Hurayrah states that the Prophet (saws) said: “In the black seed is healing for every disease except death”.

While black cumin is not recommended for use during pregnancy (because it can cause contractions), it is completely safe and beneficial for breastfeeding women:

  • Increases milk supply
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Enhances nutrition as a significant source of fatty acids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
  • Prior to feedings, black seed oil can be topically applied to protect skin on nipples
  • Dampened tea bags can help soothe sore, cracked or bleeding nipples

If you do not have any, it’s definitely worth it to buy some!

 

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