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Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician

Q&A: Does My Baby Need Vitamins?

If I exclusively breastfeed, does my baby need vitamins?

Most vitamins a baby needs are provided by breastfeeding. The issue is with vitamin D. Breast milk never was meant to provide vitamin D. You get vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight — that can provide an awful lot of vitamin D. So if your baby gets sunlight on his skin (even in winter, even if it's cloudy but not through a window pane), he will get vitamin D. But if you are vitamin D deficient (likely if you don't get sun exposure or if you always wear sunblock or are dark-skinned), you should, of course, correct this by taking your own supplements, but it might be wise to supplement the baby with vitamin D as he may not have received adequate amounts during the pregnancy.