Vitamin D, Breastfeeding, Your baby and You

Vitamin D, Breastfeeding, Your baby and You

Save your money, you don’t need to buy lots of supplements and vitamins when you are raising kids.

For typically developing children, the only recommended supplement to give is vitamin D. This is to avoid them developing a vitamin D deficiency.

the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfed and partially breastfed infants be supplemented with 400 IU per day of vitamin D beginning in the first few days of life. 

Breast milk is usually deficient in vitamin D or doesn’t have enough vitamin D in it. Vitamin D drops are vitamins that help supplement or give added vitamin D to your child.

It does not matter if you are taking vitamins containing vitamin D. Supplementing with vitamin D drops in your infant that is only breastfed is highly recommended.

If you don’t:

• Your baby is at a higher risk of not having enough vitamin d to build strong bones.

• Vitamin D helps the immune system fight virus; so, you are possibly putting your infant at risk for having more illnesses 

• Severe vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, or soft bones, seizures due to low calcium or heart failure in infants. While adults may get some vitamin D from sunlight, direct sun exposure isn’t recommended for babies.

When should you start giving the drops?

• If you are planning on breastfeeding your child, the supplementation should be started within the first couple of weeks

• You should continue to give the drops within the first year, and continuing depends on the kind of food that your baby is on after the 6months mark. If you think that your baby is eating a good variety of food that contains enough vitamin D in it, then it might not necessary to continue with the supplementation. 

What of formula fed infants:

• Infant formula is supplemented with vitamin D (and many other vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 oil), so there is no need to give it separately. That’s one advantage of formula over breast milk. 

Talk with your pediatrician about starting right after birth and continuing throughout childhood.

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