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Vitamin D for babies…is it really necessary?

Why do babies need Vitamin D?

Vitamin D has been recommended by the CDC as a supplement for breastfeeding mothers for years.  Now, new research out of Toronto suggests that babies who are breastfed past one year of age, need to receive this supplement as well.

Why the change?

This new study, highlighted by ABC,  has indicated that breast milk actually contains very little Vitamin D (not surprising since D is created in the body by spending time in sunlight). New mothers and their babies don’t tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in their first year. As such, their D levels tend to be lower organically. Because of this, the AAP and WHO has recommended that women who are breastfeeding supplement their diets with Vitamin D. This new research indicates that supplementation is not enough to transfer adequate levels of the vitamin to babies after one year of age. Because of this, the new recommendation is that babies receive their own D supplement.

Where do Sun State Doulas stand on this recommendation?

As always, we recommend for you to talk to your doctor about what is best for your family. In addition, speaking with your pediatrician will give you the opportunity to discuss the various Vitamin D supplements on the market and which one would be the best fit for you, your body, your baby, and your family. Not everyone’s nutritional needs are the same and your doctor is going to have the best insight into what would be a good fit for you. When speaking with your doctor, don’t forget to use your B.R.A.I.N. to figure out what is the best choice for your family.

We would like to thank West Metro Doulas for bringing this new information to our attention, so we can bring it to yours.


About the Author

Christine Santos

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Owner of Sun State Doulas, Christine is passionate about pregnancy, birth, and parenting issues that affect mainstream families. She is mother to 3 girls and is an active member of the roller derby community. Her favorite quote is, "Not my body, not my baby, not my birth, not my choice."

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