Your baby relies on a range of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to grow and develop. Until now, milk (be it breast or formula) has given your baby everything it needs. I don’t think it’s a good idea to give children vitamin pills. If they’re eating a reasonably balanced diet, they should get all the vitamins and minerals they need from foods, so supplementation isn’t necessary.
Vitamin A is needed for healthy growth, vision, and skin.
Vitamin C is important for the development of the immune system and maintenance of healthy tissue. Also helps to absorb iron.
Vitamin D is essential to help absorption of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. This is particularly important as it is very difficult for young infants to consume enough vitamin D from dietary sources alone.
Some very premature babies may need extra vitamins and minerals, which can be added to their mother’s milk before being given to the baby.
Breast milk is complete food:
Breastfeed is full of nutrition and healthy substances to help your baby grow, develop, and fight off illness. It’s the ideal food for your child. But, you may be wondering if breast milk contains everything that your child needs and whether or not your breastfed baby should take vitamins.
Breast milk is full of nutrition and healthy substances to help your baby grow, develop, and fight off illness. It’s the ideal food for your child. But, you may be wondering if breast milk contains everything that your child needs and whether or not your breastfed baby should take vitamins.
Babies need vitamin K to clot the blood and control bleeding. So, every child, whether breastfed or not, is given a shot of vitamin K immediately after birth. This injection helps your baby’s blood to clot and prevents a rare, but dangerous, newborn bleeding disorder.
Your child uses vitamin D to absorb calcium and build strong bones and teeth. It also plays a role in the immune system, so it may help prevent infections.
If you’re breastfeeding exclusively, your child should not need an iron supplement for up to 6 months after birth. But, by 6 months of age, babies use up what’s in their body, and the iron in breast milk will no longer be enough.
Kids who aren’t eating regular, well-balanced meals made from fresh, whole foods
Finicky eaters who simply aren’t eating enough
Kids with chronic medical conditions such as asthma or digestive problems, especially if they’re taking medications.
Kids eating a lot of fast food, convenience food, and processed food.
Kids who drink a lot of carbonated sodas, which can leach vitamins and minerals from their bodies