Breastfed babies need extra vitamin D

Breastfed babies need extra vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D in breastmilk mean babies or their moms need more

Carol Wagner, MD

Dr. Carol Wagner is a specialist in neonatal and perinatal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, doing research on human milk and vitamin D in pregnant women and their babies.

Breastfeeding provides everything babies need in their diets for the first four-to-six months—with one possible exception, vitamin D. The amount of vitamin D in breastmilk depends on how much the mother has. Unless she has lots, babies can't get enough of what they need from breastmilk alone according to vitamin D expert, Dr. Carol Wagner, a professor of pediatrics and associate director of their Clinical and Translational Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Wagner explains the problem and the solution in Breastmilk's Vitamin D—usually not enough. Recognizing the importance of vitamin D in the first 1,000 Days of a baby's life, which extends from the time of conception until a toddler turns two, Dr. Wagner addresses parents' questions in a series of videos which also includes: the importance of vitamins, the particular need for vitamin D during pregnancy, the amount pregnant moms need, where to get vitamin D, and vitamin D's role in the immune system

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