While breast milk is the ultimate nutrition for your little one, there are some other precautions you should take to ensure your “BBy” has a happy and healthy 1st year of life.
If your baby needs a bit of a nutritional boost, try adding a vitamin or nutritional supplement to his or her meals! It’s as simple as adding the liquid form of that supplement to your baby’s daily breast milk intake, and voila! Here’s a list of common vitamin deficiencies an infant may face, and how to combat each one like a pro.
If your baby has a vitamin B12 deficiency, there’s no need to worry! You can solve this by adding a B12 multivitamin or liquid B12 drops to your breast milk supply. By doing so, your child’s B12 levels will increase and thus decrease his or her chance of having developmental issues or becoming anemic.
Your baby needs vitamin D to develop healthy, strong bones, and this vital vitamin can be found in breast milk — but there’s a catch. Breast milk alone does not contain enough vitamin D for your developing baby. Because of this, doctors recommend feeding your infant a supplement containing 400 international units of vitamin D per day, starting with the day he or she is born.
Iron plays an important role in establishing the body’s count of red blood cells, immune system, and other developmental factors. Fortunately, breast milk contains levels of iron that your infant can easily absorb! However, if your baby is underweight or has a low red blood cell count (also known as anemia), contact your child’s healthcare provider to discuss the option of adding iron supplements to his or her diet.
Vitamins are a small but important part of your baby’s 1st year of life health.