Vitamin D for your baby’s development
A mother’s milk contains protein, fat, carbohydrates and other important nutrients a baby needs, but it doesn’t cover the daily intake of vitamin D for 0-2 year olds recommended by the British Health Department.
Vitamin D for babies and toddlers
The Health Department recommends breast milk as the only source of food during a baby’s first six months of life. Hence, it’s not possible to include foods rich in vitamin D, such as oily fish or fish liver, in your baby’s diet.
So, if you are breastfeeding, the Health Department recommends you give your baby a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D, up to the age of one. This is regardless of whether you are taking a vitamin D supplement yourself.
Infants aged 1 to 4 years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10µg of vitamin D.
Read more about vitamins and minerals here
Cod liver oil for baby
Möller’s has made its own product for babies between 0 and 2 available in chemists. This is an exclusive custom-made form of CLO for babies, with an adapted amount of vitamin D and vitamin A. Additionally, this natural supplement contains healthy amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for baby.
A bottle of Möller’s Pharma My First Cod Liver Oil contains a total of 50 daily doses of 5 milliliters. One daily dose also provides 10 micrograms of vitamin D, based on the recommendations from the Health Department. It is recommended that you give your baby CLO as soon as four weeks after birth, but only 2.5 ml daily, then gradually increase to 5 ml during the first six months after birth. It’s easy to measure the correct dose and feed it to baby with the clever dosing syringe that comes with Möller’s Pharma My First Cod Liver Oil.
Cod Liver Oil or Vitamin D drops for baby?
In Norway, where Möller’s Cod Liver Oil is made, clinic doctor Randi Kasin advises all parents to give CLO to their baby, rather than vitamin D drops, during the six-week check-up.
“Vitamin D drops don’t contain the healthy omega-3 fatty acids and I think these are important to give baby. Another benefit of CLO compared to vitamin D drops is that it’s cheaper,” says Kasin.
Follow the link below to read more about her thoughts on CLO, omega-3, vitamin D and your baby’s needs.