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Do you and your baby need to take vitamin D?

Okay, let’s start with you. The simple answer is yes; every adult should be taking 10mcg of vitamin D every single day, at least from October to March. This is particularly important if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

And what about your little one? Breastfed babies should be given a daily vitamin D supplement from birth. These tend to be in drops that you either pipette into food, water, or in a syringe similar to those you give medicine with. But remember – babies who are drinking over 500mls of formula milk should not be given vitamin supplements. That’s because that much formula milk will be fortified to a level that they would be getting enough anyway.

Our bodies make vitamin D through sunlight on our skin. In fact, scientists believe that anywhere between nine and 25 minutes of sunlight exposure a day (this varies depending on your skin tone) should be enough to maintain above deficient levels.⁠ But unless you’re living on the wild side, chances are you’re probably not outside a huge amount in the British winter. And when you are, we’d like to bet that only a small area of your face is seeing the sun.

You can up your vitamin D by eating oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, and liver (if you’re feeling up to it). But you probably won’t get enough from your diet, particularly given how crucial vitamin D is for healthy bones and teeth, functioning nerves and muscles, and a strong immune system. So a supplement is the way to go! ☀️