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Why do I have to give my newborn baby vitamins?

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Dr. Marc Grella
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: For Vitamin D

Although docs disagree on whether to give it or not, the only vitamin that breastfeeding babies may need is vitamin d.
While breastmilk provides excellent nutrition for babies, the amount of vitamin d in breastmilk varies, even if a mother gets plenty from food or takes a supplement herself. Only d is needed; it can be bought as d alone, or as tri-vi-sol (a/c/d) or as poly-vi-sol (many vits).

In brief: For Vitamin D

Although docs disagree on whether to give it or not, the only vitamin that breastfeeding babies may need is vitamin d.
While breastmilk provides excellent nutrition for babies, the amount of vitamin d in breastmilk varies, even if a mother gets plenty from food or takes a supplement herself. Only d is needed; it can be bought as d alone, or as tri-vi-sol (a/c/d) or as poly-vi-sol (many vits).
Dr. Marc Grella
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Dr. Jeffrey Min
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Vitamin D deficiency

Newborns need to be supplemented with vitamin d (400 iu/day) if they are solely breastfed.
The vitamin d is to prevent a deficiency that can lead to rickets.

In brief: Vitamin D deficiency

Newborns need to be supplemented with vitamin d (400 iu/day) if they are solely breastfed.
The vitamin d is to prevent a deficiency that can lead to rickets.
Dr. Jeffrey Min
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: If nursed for vit D

Breast fed infants requiere vit d as there is not enough in moms breast milk.
The guidelins call for 400 iu (international units) of vitamin d per day. Infant formulas are supplemented with vitamin d.

In brief: If nursed for vit D

Breast fed infants requiere vit d as there is not enough in moms breast milk.
The guidelins call for 400 iu (international units) of vitamin d per day. Infant formulas are supplemented with vitamin d.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: To avoid deficiency

Over the past century, many diseases have been identified as being caused by specific vitamin deficiencies.
Food and drink in america were then fortified with those important vitamins, so now we hardly see people with vitamin-deficiency diseases. Formula is fortified with the needed vitamins. Babies drinking just breastmilk usually need extra vitamin d.

In brief: To avoid deficiency

Over the past century, many diseases have been identified as being caused by specific vitamin deficiencies.
Food and drink in america were then fortified with those important vitamins, so now we hardly see people with vitamin-deficiency diseases. Formula is fortified with the needed vitamins. Babies drinking just breastmilk usually need extra vitamin d.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Vitamin d

Breast milk does not have sufficient vitamin d to prevent bone disease.

In brief: Vitamin d

Breast milk does not have sufficient vitamin d to prevent bone disease.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics

In brief: Vitamin D

Vitamin d doesn't pass through breast milk - it's the only vitamin that doesn't.
For babies partially or completely breast-fed, the vitamin d supplement is one of the few ways we can ensure that they're getting the right amount.

In brief: Vitamin D

Vitamin d doesn't pass through breast milk - it's the only vitamin that doesn't.
For babies partially or completely breast-fed, the vitamin d supplement is one of the few ways we can ensure that they're getting the right amount.
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics

In brief: Vitamin D

The aap recommends that all babies get supplemental vitamin d3 (400 iu per day).
There are studies demonstrating that exclusively breastfed babies get enough vit d from moms if moms take 4000-6000iu d3 per day.

In brief: Vitamin D

The aap recommends that all babies get supplemental vitamin d3 (400 iu per day).
There are studies demonstrating that exclusively breastfed babies get enough vit d from moms if moms take 4000-6000iu d3 per day.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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