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

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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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Dr. George Valdez
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. George Valdez
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Jessica Davis
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jessica Davis
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