Vitamin D Drops
Dr. Sawyer, Boys Town Pediatrics
Vitamin D drops are vitamins that help supplement or give added vitamin D to your child. Breast milk is usually deficient in vitamin D or doesn't have enough vitamin D in it. Supplementing with vitamin D drops in an infant that is only breastfed is highly recommended.
If you don't you are at a higher risk of having not enough vitamin D to build strong bones first and foremost and second we know that vitamin D helps the immune system fight viruses especially so you're possibly putting your infant at risk for having more illnesses.
Vitamin D drops if you're planning on breastfeeding your child, I think should be started in the first couple of weeks and you can talk to your doctor about the correct ways to do that and the types of products that are out there for that.
Drops usually within the first year you should be giving the drops. It kind of depends on the type of food after the six months mark that your baby is consuming. If you think your baby is eating a good variety of foods that might contain the vitamin D in it then that is something that may not be quite as necessary towards the end there but within that first year if you are just breastfeeding like I said, milk is usually the source of vitamin D. If your baby is not on formula, then you need to supplement.
Formula does have vitamin D in it so that is one benefit of formula over breast milk. That may be one of the only ones.
Most babies do not need any additional vitamins but once again breast fed babies you can consider starting them on some iron supplementation if they are not good at eating iron containing baby foods at six months such as cereals.
Vitamin D Drops are recommended for a baby who is only breastfed. Dr. Alexis Sawyer, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics, offers an explanation of why it's important to use Vitamin D drops and how to use them.