Breast milk alone does not provide infants with an adequate amount of vitamin D. Shortly after birth, most infants will need an additional source of vitamin D.
Are vitamin D drops necessary for breastfed babies?
Drops should be given on a daily basis for babies who are breastfed. Your child’s doctor might ask you to supplement your breastfed baby’s diet with vitamin D drops. These drops can help protect your child against rickets and sure up their bone health.
How much vitamin D does a baby get from breast milk?
Human breastmilk is a very poor source of vitamin D, usually containing less than 50 IU per quart. This is why the AAP recommends all breastfed infants receive 400 IU per day vitamin D by supplement drops.
What happens if I don’t give my breastfed baby vitamin D?
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food, and is important for bone development. Children who are severely deficient in vitamin D can develop rickets, a disorder in which the bones weaken which can lead to fractures and skeletal deformities.
How long do breastfed babies need vitamin D supplement?
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (a global organisation) recommends that “The breastfeeding infant should receive vitamin D supplementation for a year, beginning shortly after birth in doses of 10–20 lg/day (400–800 IU/day) (LOE IB).
Can you add vitamin D drops to breast milk?
Mix the vitamin D drops in with baby’s formula or expressed breastmilk in a bottle. Put the drop directly on your nipple before breastfeeding. This works best if the dose is only one drop.
What happens if I forgot to give my baby vitamin D drops?
A: You should give the drops once a day, every day. But, if you forget one day, it is all right. The vitamin D is stored in the baby and there will be enough to make up for the occasional missed day. Q: If I give the vitamin drops to the baby, will the baby not want to breastfeed?
What happens if you give your baby too much vitamin D?
Excessive vitamin D can cause nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constipation, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, muscle and joint aches, confusion, and fatigue and even cause serious damage to kidneys, the FDA says.
Can babies get vitamin D from sunlight?
Babies can’t safely get the vitamin D they need from the sun. Their skin is very sensitive and should not be exposed to direct sunlight, particularly between 10am and 4pm from September to April.
Why do infants need vitamin D drops?
Your baby needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Too little vitamin D can cause rickets, a softening and weakening of bones. Since sun exposure — an important source of vitamin D — isn’t recommended for babies, supplements are the best way to prevent vitamin D deficiency.