How much vitamin D should you give your baby? What are the vitamin D recommendations for infants in the United States? 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 dosing information specifically for infants from many groups here in the United States.

The Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend 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. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that partially breastfed infants and infants who receive less than 1L of formula a day should still be taking 400 IU of vitamin D daily. Below is a summary of current vitamin D recommendations from US expert groups:

Recommended Intake Chart US Infants

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

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[1] Institute of Medicine. DRIs for Calcium and Vitamin D. November 30, 2010. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-for-Calcium-and-Vitamin-D/DRI-Values.aspx

[2] The American Academy of Pediatrics. Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency. October 18, 2012. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Kids-and-Vitamin-D-Deficiency.aspx

[3] The Endocrine Society. Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. July 2011. https://www.endocrine.org/~/media/endosociety/Files/Publications/Clinical%20Practice%20Guidelines/FINAL-Standalone-Vitamin-D-Guideline.pdf