Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby? Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

Yes. Human breast milk indeed is nutritionally complete - provided the mother is complete - if the mother has an adequate blood level of vitamin d so will her milk. Simply put - if she is a breastfeeding lifeguard who doesn't use sunscreen - her milk is perfect. If she stays inside - an oral supplement of at least 5000iu will provide adequate levels in her milk.
Yes, except. If a baby is exclusively breast fed for more than a year, should make sure there is enough iron. Exclusive breast feeding past this age is uncommon, as is iron deficiency cause by this, but can happen and should be monitored.
Yes. If you have enough Vitamin D, then you may not need to supplement, but most of don't have enough, and a small supplement can be very beneficial to your baby. There is no source of vitamin D except supplements in our foods, like milk, or vitamin supplements, or made in your skin from sun exposure. It isn't clear how much sun exposure is needed to have enough D.
Yes. Breastmilk is complete, as long as the mother has adequate nutritional stores. Vitamin d deficiency is very common, due to lack of sun exposure. If mom has adequate vitamin d levels from either sunshine or supplements, breastmilk should be complete. One study suggests that moms need to take at least 2000 iu of vitamin d daily to allow adequate levels in their breastmilk.

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Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

No. Formula has added vitamin d. The recommended daily amount of vitamin d for infants is 400 iu daily. Infants drinking formula only should be meeting this requirement. If the baby is partially breastfed, a vitamin d supplement should be added to make sure they get 400 iu daily. Read more...
Yes. Generally not. Unlike most breast milk, most if not all formulas are fortified with vitamin d and will provide the infant with an adequate intake. Read more...
No. Most formula is fortified with vitamin d so you wouldn't need extra, but look at the label, and ask your pediatrician. Read more...
No. If your baby is fully formula fed, they should be getting enough vitamin d (400 iu/day) and should not need a supplement. If they are both formula and breast fed, you may need to supplement them with vitamin d if they are not getting 400 iu/day. Read more...

Baby gets 8oz formula and about 22oz of breast milk. Do we still need to give vitamin D drops? Can I take extra Vitamin D to pass thru breast milk?

But D supplement. Breast feeding is aimed of the best things you can do for your baby, but Vitamin D is not readily available in breast milk. Even with partial supplementation with formula, Vitamin D drops for your baby as a precautionary measure would be wise. . Read more...

Doctors prescribed vitamin D supplements to my newborn. Ever since, he has not been drinking the full 5 oz of milk he drunk before. Now its 3 or 4?

Milk. As long as your child takes 24 ounces of milk per day I wouldn't be concerned. Also you don't mention your child's age and if he is taking solids, in which case his milk intake would drop. Read more...
Vit D. newborn need 400 iu of vit D as Breast milk is deficient in it it needs to be supplemented. Even as the child grows 600 to 800 iu is needed each day I. . Read more...
Right Decision By MD. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends Vit D supplemet to al breast fed babies 400 iu per day beginning in the first few days of life According to cdc only 1in5 formula fed babies get enough vit D as recommended by American Academy Of Pediatrics.Babies who drink 34oz of formula a day get enough vitD as recommended I agree with your Pediatrician for VitD Supplement as adviced to prevent Ricketts. Read more...

Need advice on what is the the difference between calcium/vitamin d supplements and drinking milk?

Amount! Vitamin d milk has 400iu per quart and 280mg of calcium per 8 oz serving! this is 1120 mg per quart! the usual ca-d pill has 600mg of calcium with 400iu of d! Read more...

Is there a difference between calcium/vitamin d supplements and drinking milk?

Yes, for vitamin D. Milk has only 400 iu of vitamin d per quart and most people need 2000-5000 iu per day to get their blood level above 50 ng/ml. So you would have to drink at least 5 quarts of milk to get enough vitamin d. The vitamin d level is enough for an infant but not for an adult. Read more...

What's the difference in benefits between calcium/vitamin d supplements and milk?

Quantity. Milk is food. It naturally contains some calcium, and it is often supplemented with some vitamin d...Usually enough so that you can utilize the calcium in the milk. The amount of vitamin d in milk is insufficient to keep blood vitamin d at adequate levels, unless you're drinking unhealthy quantities of milk and neglecting other sources of nutrition. You need more vitamin d than is in milk. Read more...
Avoid milk. Avoid milk unless organic. Contrary to popular opinion, milk may not be the most bioavailable source of calcium. A cup of broccoli has more calcium than a cup of milk. Green vegetables have plenty of calcium in them, and fewer environmental pollutants than milk. Green leafy vegetables especially spinach and kale should be organic. Calcium is best taken with magnesium. Read more...

Should I be taking calcium and vitamin d supplements if can't drink milk anymore?

Magnesium. Calcium is important but overrated. Do not supplement more than 500 mg a day. It is just as important to take magnesium and other bone building trace elements such as strontium, boron, etc. Everyone living in the northern parts of usa should take extra d3. Milk that is homogenized and non-organic is not good for you anyway. You get more calcium from a cup of broccoli than a cup of milk. Read more...
Yes. That will help you to keep your bones adequately maintained to prevent osteoporosis. Any other additional calcium foods such as cheeses, yogurt will be helpful as well. Read more...