Baby and vitamin D

Nursing moms should give their babies a vitamin D supplement

The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that breastfeeding is the best form of infant feeding. However, the organization dedicated to children’s health recommends that those nursing give their babies vitamin D regularly, beginning shortly after birth, to meet the AAP’s requirement of 400 IU (international units) daily. (Breastfed infants generally don’t get vitamin D in adequate amounts from other sources.) The same is recommended for babies consuming less than 1 liter of formula daily, as they too may not meet that 400-unit threshold. Parents should consult their doctors for the proper dosage.