Pediatricians recommend a vitamin D3 supplement for breast fed babies. Although breast milk is the best food for infants it is lacking in one thing – vitamin D3. The body is able to produce vitamin D from sunlight (this article explains how much you might need). However, in today's society we may not be getting the right amount of sun exposure to create enough vitamin D – especially in Winter months – so it is a good idea to supplement vitamin D3.
The Importance of Vitamin D
There are a number reasons why the body needs Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for immune function in children and adults. Some studies suggest that vitamin D may protect against some types of cancers. It is also helpful in building strong bones and helps with the absorption of calcium in the gut. This article also reported there is powerful new evidence supporting the claim that sufficient vitamin D levels in pregnant women can reduce the risk of having a premature delivery.
Omega 3's for Development
Another important nutrient for babies is omega-3 fats. Omega 3's benefit eye and cognitive development in babies. Omega-3 fat and its derivative DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are so essential to a child's development that if a mother and infant are deficient in it, the child's nervous system and immune system may never fully develop, and it can cause a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune system disorders. Sufficient levels of Omega 3's in pregnant women also ensures that the baby will be full term.
The best food source for Omega 3's and also for Vitamin D is fatty fish and seafood. Unfortunately, since most fish is contaminated with mercury, PCBs, heavy metals and radioactive poisons it is not safe to eat the quantity that we need to get the Omega 3's our bodies require. This is the reason why a high quality omega 3 and vitamin D supplement is a smart idea.
My choice for an Omega 3 and Vitamin D supplement for babies is Baby's DHA from Nordic Naturals. Made exclusively from Gold Standard Arctic Cod Liver Oil™, Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA is a safe and effective way to ensure that growing babies get the DHA they need for healthy development. Like all Nordic Naturals fish oils, Baby’s DHA is third-party tested and surpasses strict international standards for purity and freshness.
Baby's DHA comes in a convenient liquid format with a dropper. It is very easy to measure and administer the oil to the baby. It can be given directly in the mouth or mixed with food. I have done it both ways. Surprisingly my son took it straight with no problem – even though it does have a little fishy taste.
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What supplements do you give your baby for Vitamin D and Omega 3?