Sep 4, 2017

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Does your newborn need a vitamin D supplement? Dr. Kirsten Stoesser, what do you tell parents?

Dr. Stoesser: I tell them that if their baby is breastfeeding or breastfeeding with formula, then they need vitamin D. If their baby is taking in only formula, then they do not need vitamin D supplementation.

Interviewer: And why is that? I would think breast milk would have everything a baby needs.

Dr. Stoesser: No, it actually doesn't, and most people aren't aware that breast milk doesn't have high levels of vitamin D, and we actually get most of our vitamin D from the sun. And that's how babies used to get enough vitamin D, but now they're not out in the sun as much.

Interviewer: All right. And how do you supplement?

Dr. Stoesser: You can obtain an over-the-counter oral liquid that can either be mixed into breast milk in a bottle, or formula in a bottle, or just dropped into the baby's mouth.

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