Q: My doctor is recommending that I give my breastfed baby vitamin drops for extra vitamin D. Why do I need to do this?
A: In certain parts of the country, especially the northern states, there are many months when lack of sunlight hampers proper vitamin D production in the body. Therefore, many doctors think that breastfed babies in these areas need extra vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops. Such drops are not recommended for formula-fed babies, since formula contains added vitamins and minerals. I don't agree with this one-size-fits-all approach. In fact, I'd prefer that doctors instead recommend vitamin D supplements for nursing moms; research has shown that the milk produced by women who take large doses of this vitamin has adequate amounts for their babies.