As we were going through some baby goods yesterday, my husband handed me a Vitamin supplement sample we were given at some point before Tate was born. On the box it says,
Essential for All Breastfed Infants#1 Brand Recommended by Pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends using a vitamin D supplement for exclusively and partially breastfed babies because of low average levels of vitamin D in breast milk.
And this is where I get confused. Am I really supposed to be giving my baby a supplement? Breast milk is inadequate? Seriously?
Maybe I am way off base here, but I think the human (mammal, if I am being inclusive) body is completely and utterly amazing. The fact that many women can give their children full sustenance from the breast is a wonder. And I just don’t believe that the way that mothers have fed their babies for forever is somehow not enough.
So tell me, what do you think? Are supplements the way to go, or do you think that breast milk can handle the job? Chime in below.