There’s so much information out there for babies! What they need. What they don’t. How much? How little? We get it. Let’s start with the all-important letter...Vitamin D. Read on for the full A-Z on D...and why it’s so essential for your little one.
First and foremost, Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium, something all babies need for strong bones and growth. Little bodies also need D for brain development and overall immune system health. But let’s answer your questions about when, why, and how much...
What if I’m breastfeeding?
Infants who are exclusively breastfed are at a higher risk for a Vitamin D deficiency. Not enough can result in rickets, a softening and weakening of the bones, and a higher risk for bone fractures later on. And since sun exposure (where we get so much Vitamin D) isn’t recommended for babies, supplements are the best way to be sure they’re getting what they need. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400 IU of vitamin D daily for breastfed babies to promote healthy growth.
When should I start breastfeeding?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends adding Vitamin D as early as the first few days after birth. And babies should continue to receive 400 (IU) daily until age 1. A dedicated Vitamin D supplement is one of the best ways to ensure they receive the full recommended amount until they are old enough to receive it from diet and/or formula alone.
When will babies get Vitamin D on their own?
Once the baby is old enough to get a full dose of Vitamin D from the diet, including solids like tuna, salmon, eggs and cheese, whole milk, or from a big dose of sunshine (with SPF, of course), they won’t need to take an extra vitamin. Until then, a supplement is essential and an easy way to support healthy growth and development.
Do I need to add Vitamin D if I’m using a fortified formula?
All infant formulas provide the required amount of Vitamin D as a regulation requirement, but it typically requires consuming 32 ounces (or approximately 1 Liter) of formula every day. Since many formula-fed babies are not consuming that much in the first few months, ask your pediatrician if an additional Vitamin D boost may be needed.
What if I already take a Vitamin D supplement myself?
Moms can safely supplement 600 IU/day and fortify their breast milk to the necessary requirement but it’s worth a conversation with your doctor to see if this is a valid option.
Does Mommy’s Bliss have Vitamin D I can easily give to my baby?
We’re so glad you asked, and the answer is a blissful, resounding “yes”! Our Organic Vitamin D drops contain 400 IU per one-drop serving and have zero additives, chemicals, or artificial flavoring. Each drop is made of only two simple ingredients: high-quality Vitamin D3 and organic fractionated coconut oil (aka MCT oil) as a carrier to help with absorption. Just one little, easy-to-administer drop is all you need to be certain the baby is getting what they need. “This is the perfect solution to giving babies the Vitamin D they need without all the stuff they don't need…this is so easy and she doesn't even notice! “ Jess A. It’s easy to add Vitamin D, and the peace of mind is priceless. Definitely add a D and subtract the worry that comes with being a new mom to such a precious, ever-changing little bundle.
This site is intended for informational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. Please consult your physician or other health-care professional.