Maternal Preferences for Vitamin D Supplementation in Breastfed Infants

Umaretiya, et al, annals of family medicine, 2016

Abstract

Daily vitamin D supplementation is recommended for breastfed infants, but alternative methods includebreastfeeding enriching breast milk with vitamin D through maternal supplementation or intermittent high-dose vitamin D. We determined maternal preferences for vitamin D supplementation in 140 mothers with exclusively breastfed infants, and 44 who used both breast and formula milk. Only 101 (55%) supplemented their infants with vitamin D. One hundred sixty (88%) preferred supplementing themselves rather than their infants, and 102 (57%) preferred daily to monthly supplementation. Safety was most important in choosing a method of supplementation. Taking maternal preferences into consideration may improve adequate intakes of vitamin D in breastfed infants