Vitamin D Supplementation


New Guidance on Vitamin D Supplementation in Infants

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have updated their guidance on vitamin D supplementation in infants aged 0-12 months. 1

Babies, from birth to 1 year of age, who are being breastfed should be given a daily supplement containing 5 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D. Breast milk is low in vitamin D and breastfed babies would benefit from the use of a supplement from birth. This should be provided by a supplement containing vitamin D exclusively.

Babies, from birth to 1 year of age, fed infant formula should not be given a daily vitamin D supplement if they are having more than 300ml (about 10 fluid ounces) of infant formula a day. This is because infant formula is fortified with vitamin D and other nutrients.

Babies, from birth to 1 year of age, fed infant formula and breast milk should not be given a daily vitamin D supplement if they are having more than 300ml (about 10 fluid ounces) of infant formula a day.

This is a population based recommendation for healthy term infant. Premature infants or infants under on-going medical care may have different vitamin requirements, as advised by their doctor.

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References

  1. Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Vitamin D. Available at: https://www.fsai.ie/faq/vitaminD.html [Accessed: March 2020]