Vitamin D is often recommended for breastfeeding babies.
Commercial preparations of vitamin D in coconut oil with no other additives are available. Other preparations might include artificial colours and flavours, preservatives, and sweeteners. In general, products with fewer ingredients are better because there is less risk of intolerance or reactions.
Some preparations provide 400 IU of vitamin D in a volume of 1 millilitre (1/5 teaspoon). A dropper is often provided to measure the correct amount. With other preparations you only need to give the baby one drop.
Drops are easier to give as they can be:
- Put on your nipple before breastfeeding.
- Put on a freshly washed fingertip and wiped onto the baby’s tongue.
- Dropped onto the baby’s tongue or into the baby’s mouth between the cheek and gums.
Larger amounts of liquid may be spit out by the baby or result in choking.