Vitamin D and Infant Formula

Vitamin D and Infant Formula

Today in clinic, a question came up as to how much formula a baby needs to drink in order for them not to need supplemental Vitamin D?

As I’ve discussed before, breast milk does not contain any Vit D and so we recommend all breastfed babies receive Vit D drops as a supplement. But what if you are breastfeeding and supplementing with formula? Formula is already supplemented with Vit D.

According to the Enfamil (@enfa) website, 8 oz of formula/day will give your baby enough Vit D supplementation. However, the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that even babies who are solely formula fed who live in northern communities (ie At the same level as Edmonton and north) or who have dark skin should receive supplemental (400 IU) Vit D during the winter months (October to April) to make a total of 800 IU of Vit D/day.

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