Find Vitamin D food sources and learn about the benefits supplementing with Vitamin D drops, like Enfamil D-Vi-Sol®, will have on your baby.
Vitamin D: What does it do?
Babies who don't get enough vitamin D are at risk of getting rickets, a disease that affects the way bones grow and develop. Vitamin D is a factor in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth. It enhances calcium and phosphorus absorption and utilization.
How much do they need?
Breast milk offers the best nutrition for your baby. However, the average vitamin D content of breast milk is low (<25 - 78 IU/L)* and may not be high enough to meet your baby's needs. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends using vitamin D supplement for exclusively or partially breastfed. They further recommend that you give your baby a daily vitamin D supplement at birth and continue until her diet provides at least 400 IU per day of vitamin D from other dietary sources.
*Range of vitamin D levels in breast milk, measured in lactating women taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU.
Do babies who are formula fed need extra vitamin D?
Since vitamin D is already added to infant formula, babies who are formula feeding may be getting sufficient vitamin D. However, a baby will need to drink about 4 X 250 mL (8 fl oz) bottles of formula per day to get the recommended 400 IU of vitamin D.
Food Sources of Vitamin D
Not all foods are a good source of vitamin D. The table below provides a list of the most common dietary sources of vitamin D