Since I am back in baby mode and nursing a newborn, I am reminded of the issue I faced with vitamin D supplementation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants have a minimum daily intake of vitamin D of 400 IU/day beginning in the first few days of life.
For nursing moms who do not wish to give their infants any supplementation, the AAP recently published a study finding that “[m]aternal vitamin D supplementation alone with 6400 IU/day safely supplies breast milk with adequate vitamin D to satisfy the requirement of her nursing infant and offers an alternate strategy to direct infant supplementation.”
As we head into the winter months, I know both Alexa and I do not get an adequate amount of sunlight per day. However, I do not want to take an excessive amount of vitamin D, so I am opting to supplement Alexa with a drop of liquid vitamin D3 instead.
This is where Baby Ddrops comes in. I also used Baby Ddrops back when I was nursing Max. I loved it then and I still love it now. In one drop, you get 400 IU of pure vitamin D. It is virtually tasteless, odorless and incredibly easy to administer. I just wait for Alexa to start nursing and let ONE drop trickle down my breast and into her mouth. She doesn’t even notice.
Ok, so why am I writing an entire review about vitamin D drops?? Because very few people know about Baby Ddrops and I love sharing information about amazing products, however small. (My husband definitely raised an eyebrow at me for this one.)
During Max’s first doctor visit, his pediatrician recommended that he take vitamin D and told me to go buy Enfamil D-Vi-Sol (as the box states, it really is the #1 pediatrician recommended brand, no false advertising there). One look at the ingredient list shows that it has artificial flavor, caramel color and a lot of other crap – uhhh…. NO THANKS!
The problem is that because D-Vi-Sol is the vitamin D recommended by pediatricians, many nursing moms don’t know there are better options out there!
Baby Ddrops is, in my opinion, the best vitamin D drops for babies that I could find. The only two ingredients are vitamin D and coconut oil.
Here is the nifty chart I made comparing the different vitamin D drops:
I give Baby Ddrops the edge because I prefer coconut oil over palm or safflower oil. But if you choose to supplement your baby, you really can’t go wrong with any of these brands as long as you stay away from Enfamil!!
Annnnd I’ve officially spent way too much time writing about vitamin D drops. But I’m also stuck in bed while Alexa sleeps soundly on top of me. Ahh… the joys of having a newborn.
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