Supplements and Breastfeeding

 The one vitamin that babies can’t get from mother’s milk.

Vitamins and Breastfeeding

It can never be said enough, how valuable mother’s milk is for babies.  Breastfeeding helps build an infants’ immune system, brain function and more. However, Dr. Diane Sachs, Pediatrician and Editor of Caring for Your Child From Birth to Age 5 says even breast milk is lacking in one important ingredient. “It was to our surprise that research has shown that even healthy breast fed babies could become deficient in Vitamin D which leads to bone disease such as Rickets. So we now supplement all breast fed babies with Vitamin D.” Other than Vitamin D, for the first six months, babies need nothing more than mother’s milk. “At six months of age, babies generally need some solids foods to replenish iron stores that generally run out at that time. But continuing breastfeeding for at least one year is indicated recommended.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Diane Sachs, Pediatrician and Editor of Caring for Your Child From Birth to Age 5. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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