I love my baby’s Vitamin D supplement drops — and not for the reasons you might think.
Sure, Vitamin D is important for bone health blah blah blah (more on that later) but here’s why I really love it: The particular supplement I use has a fruit flavor to it and Scrunchy Face seems to ingest it with glee.
When he wakes up all cranky and hungry in the morning, all I have to do is whip out that magic little bottle with the pink-topped dropper and he quiets down. He knows what’s coming: sweet liquid goodness…along with about 15 glorious seconds of peace and quiet for mommy (before he remembers that he’s still hungry and starts wailing again.)
I tried the drops. They’re actually a tad too medicine-y for me, but for a kid who has only consumed breast milk so far, you can see why his palate might appreciate this small taste of diversity. I’m pretty sure I could put Diet Coke in a dropper and he would be just as pleased, but last I checked the Coca-Cola Company wasn’t in the baby food business. Also, Diet Coke has exactly zero vitamins.
Which brings me back to Vitamin D. A new study tracking the growth of breastfed infants in Montreal confirms that 400 IU (IU being a unit of measurement specific to vitamins and a few other substances) of the stuff daily is sufficient for infant health, despite some recommendations that babies be given double that much or more.
Professor Hope Weiler, from the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University, and Dr. Celia Rodd of McGill’s Department of Pediatrics led a team that measured the weight, height and head circumference of 132 babies over the course of a year. Different infants received different doses of Vitamin D — a minimum of 400 IU and a maximum of 1600 IU.
Researchers ultimately found that infants getting higher doses didn’t appear to have any advantage over those getting the lowest dose.
I checked Scrunchy Face’s supplement bottle and, sure enough, his contains 400 IU of Vitamin D. It turns out, we’ve been ahead of the curve this whole time!
I wonder what other things I’ve been doing with my baby that science will later confirm is awesome. Is there some hidden benefit to nursing him while watching “Full House” reruns? Your move, Science.
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