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Vitamin D for babies

The Vitamin D Association has identified a serious error in the NHS guidelines on vitamin D supplementation of breastfed infants in the UK


The UK guidelines do not recommend vitamin D supplementation of breastfed infants during the first five months of life as standard.

This early supplementation is needed, and is standard practice in most other comparable countries.

What does this mean to you and what should you do about it ?

If you are a white mother anywhere in the UK breastfeeding in Winter or Spring:

The risk: if you follow all of the current guidelines, our analysis is that your baby is at significant risk of vitamin D deficiency or serious vitamin D deficiency during the first five months of life. The main health consequences to be concerned about are a risk of impaired bone development, and impaired ability to avoid or manage infections.

If you are a South Asian or African in England or Wales and are pregnant or breastfeeding:

The risk: if you follow all of the current guidelines, your baby is at serious risk of acute vitamin D deficiency during the first five months of life. The health consequences to be concerned about are a serious risk of rickets, seizures, heart problems, and even death.


Please go to:

Read their information very carefully and follow the advice.

Here is a suitable Vitamin D product for babies:

You can get suitable Baby Ddrops from the Ddrops Company

These provide 10 micrograms ( = 400 IU ) per drop

The directions state:

Infants less than 2 years old:

Place 1 drop daily onto mother’s nipple, or a pacifier, and allow baby to suck for 30 seconds.  Or mix 1 drop daily with formula, juice or other food.

Infants over 2 years of age:

Take 1 drop daily.  May be put on food or taken from a clean surface such as a spoon or the back of a washed hand.

These are available in the UK from most larger branches of

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2 Responses

  1. People might be interested to know that the Govt does give out RDA’s for vits and minerals other than to prevent the most serious illness or disease like Rickets. In other words RDAs could be woefully inadequate and I do question what I pay my taxes for.

    “I learnt 2 things from this exercise:

    That ministers don’t want to know about widespread vitamin D deficiency because they all referred me back to the SACN, saying they were “waiting for advice from our experts, the SACN”. This committee was as good as government expertise on vitamin D could be.
    That the naive idea that I and others had that SACN and related government bodies were interested in discovering how nutrition and supplements could improve people’s health was simply wrong.

    This became all too clear when I went to the next SACN meeting following the delivery of my letter.
    The committee did discuss it and the chairman and the minutes of the meeting gave me the response:
    “What you are asking for is “Risk Management” but this committee only does “Risk Assessment””.

    In other words the SACN – the official source of information about food and supplements – is not allowed to advise about how any food could make you healthier and better able to fight off disease. Its only concern is to work out the minimum amount that people need to prevent the general population having a problem. As far at vitamin D is concerned that’s the amount needed to stop rickets – a connection that was first made in the 1920’s. “

  2. my HIV+ friend just gave birth to a handsome baby. it was recomended she doesnt breastfeed baby lest she infects him too. What are the best recomended supliments she can give the little man so that he grows healthy, faster. something to backup the formula that he eats now. Help..

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