How much vitamin D should you give your baby? What are the vitamin D recommendations for infants in Canada? We get asked this question a lot!

With all of the different articles and recommendation groups, vitamin D recommendations can become confusing. Luckily, we’re here to help. While we here at Ddrops cannot recommend dosing to your specific needs, we can provide you with the recommended vitamin D dosing for infants from many groups here in Canada.

Health Canada recommends that all breastfed, healthy term babies receive a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU a day. This dose of the vitamin should begin at birth and continue until one year of age. Infants who are partially breastfed should also receive a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU. They should get this amount regardless of their average formula intake. Their total intake from supplement and formula is not likely to exceed the upper level of 1000 IU per day. If your baby is formula fed, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a supplement for infants consuming less than 1000 ml of formula daily.

Below is a summary of current vitamin D recommendations from Canadian expert groups:

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Please remember your healthcare practitioner would be the best person to speak with regarding your specific needs around vitamin D supplementation.

Looking for vitamin D recommendations for children in Canada or vitamin D recommendations for adults in Canada?

[1]  A joint statement of Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. May 2014.

[2] Canadian Paediatric Society, First Nations and Inuit Health Committee [Principal author: J Godel]. Vitamin D supplementation in northern Native communities. Paediatric Child Health 2002;7:459-63.

[3] Canadian Cancer Society. Vitamin D. February 27, 2014.