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Infant Vitamin Supplements

April 07, 2022

With so much conflicting information out there, you may be wondering if your baby needs a vitamin supplement. The answer depends if your baby is breastfeeding, formula feeding, or a combination of both.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

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Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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Basics of Formula Feeding

April 06, 2022

Keep in mind, it does not matter if you are formula feeding or breast feeding your baby; all babies are different and follow a unique schedule or feeding pattern. Always check with your child’s pediatrician to make sure your baby is growing and developing appropriately.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

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Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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What is the Baby Blues?

April 06, 2022

It is common for new moms to experience “baby blues.” The majority of women (70-80%) experience at least some symptoms after childbirth. Generally, they will start within the first couple of days after delivery, peak around one week, and taper off by the end of the second week postpartum. The symptoms may last for minutes or hours each day and should lessen and disappear after about 14 days.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

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Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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Exercise After Pregnancy

April 06, 2022

Starting an exercise routine after having a baby is important for long term health, but there’s a few things to consider before tying up your sneakers and getting started.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

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Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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Healthy Pregnancy Snacks

April 05, 2022

Because your baby is growing, your energy needs will increase too! This means extra calories are necessary to keep you and your baby healthy during this time.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

Have more questions? Listen to our FREE podcast!

LISTEN NOW

Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

April 05, 2022

The amount of weight you gain during pregnancy is important for the health of your pregnancy and for the long-term health of you and your baby. There are possible risks associated with gaining too much or too little weight during your pregnancy.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

Have more questions? Listen to our FREE podcast!

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Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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Common Pregnancy Symptoms

April 04, 2022

Throughout pregnancy, your body is going through many physical and hormonal changes which can cause different symptoms. Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and constipation are several symptoms you may experience over the next 9 months.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

Have more questions? Listen to our FREE podcast!

LISTEN NOW

Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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What Prenatal Vitamin Should I Take?

April 04, 2022

Prenatal vitamins are supplements that give your body the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor may suggest taking them when you begin to plan for pregnancy, as well as while you’re pregnant. It is best to try to get specific nutrients through food.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

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Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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Can I Exercise During Pregnancy?

April 01, 2022

Of course you can exercise during pregnancy! In fact, there are proven psychical and mental benefits to incorporating physical activity into your daily or weekly routine. Most exercises are safe to perform during pregnancy, as long as you exercise with caution and don’t overdo it.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient and hormone. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone. Vitamin D is also needed for immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends all infants should have a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D per day to prevent deficiencies. Human milk only contains about 5-80 IU per liter, therefore breastfed infants or partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with Vitamin D a few days after birth. Breastfed infants are at higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency since human milk is low in Vitamin D.

Below are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) to prevent Vitamin D deficiencies:
• Exclusive or partially breastfed infants should receive 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. Supplementation should continue until at least 12 months old and then be weaned to 32 oz. of infant formula or whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• All formulas sold in the United States have at least 400 IU/L of Vitamin D; therefore, if your baby is drinking at least 32 oz. of formula each day, Vitamin D supplementation is not needed. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age.

• Older children may require supplementation if they are not consuming 32 oz. of whole milk daily, a multivitamin will provide between 300 and 600 IU per serving.

Have more questions? Listen to our FREE podcast!

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Iron

Iron is a mineral the body needs to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells to all parts of the body. If your child does not have enough iron, his/ her muscles, tissues, and cells will not receive the necessary oxygen needed, which can possibly lead to delayed motor skills or muscle weakness. Iron also supports proper brain development in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, lack of energy, GI upset, poor memory and concentration, weakened immune system, and inability to control body temperature.

The AAP recommends the following:
Exclusive or partially breastfed infants: Liquid iron supplement of 1 mg/kg/day until iron-containing solid foods are introduced at about six months of age. If your baby is partially breastfed, the recommendation is the same if more than half the feedings are human milk and the child is not receiving iron-containing complementary foods. Check with your pediatrician about dosage of an iron supplement and the duration of iron supplements during the first year.

Babies on infant formula: It is recommended that you use iron-fortified formula (containing from 4 to 12 mg of iron) from birth through the entire first year of life.

Premature babies: Have fewer iron stores and will often need additional iron beyond what they receive from human milk or formula.


The information contained here within is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. Edwards Health Care Services (EHCS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned here within. Reliance on any information provided by EHCS, EHCS employees, contracted writers, or medical professionals presenting content for publication here within is solely at your own risk.

Sources:
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-Deficiency-and-Rickets.aspx
• https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/4/625https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-D
• https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/iron-supplements-for-kids#1
• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Working-Together-Breastfeeding-and-Solid-Foods.aspx


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