Vitamin D Deficiency in Breastfed Newborns

By on January 22, 2013

When my son was born his pediatrician asked me if I would be exclusively breastfeeding. I said yes. He suggested that I give my son oral vitamin D drops to prevent from deficiency. This was news to me! I wasn’t aware that breastfed babies are more prone to being deficient in vitamin D. This is what I found on the subject:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that “in April 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published guidelines for vitamin D intake, recommending that all infants have a minimum intake of 200 IU of vitamin D per day, beginning during the first 2 months of life. In November 2008, the AAP published a new statement to replace their 2003 guidelines. The 2008 report recommends a daily intake of vitamin D of 400 IU/day for all infants and children beginning in the first few days of life.

Human milk typically contains a vitamin D concentration of 25 IU per liter or less. Therefore, a supplement of 400 IU per day of vitamin D is recommended for all breastfed infants. Adequate amounts of vitamin D can be achieved by currently available multivitamin products containing 400 IU of vitamin D per mL or the newly available preparations that contain 400 IU/mL vitamin D alone without other vitamins. These products are available over the counter. Prescription preparations of vitamin D have very high vitamin D concentration and are not for routine home use.”*

Currently I am giving my son Carlson Super Daily D3 for Baby. I found these specific drops at Whole Foods. They’re really easy and convenient to give my son…which is a huge plus!

*http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/vitamin_d.htm

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