As if I
needed more proof that she is the perfect granddaughter,
Frances held up her child-sized spoon as she finished my
homemade granola this morning and asked, "More?"
other arm, her 2 week-old brother is perfectly fine with
mommieís milk. Smart kid. The American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP) recently reaffirmed its recommendation that breast milk
be babiesí exclusive food for the first six months of life.
From 6 to 12 months of age, infants do best when fed breast
milk plus baby-appropriate solid foods.
makes human milk so perfect for human babies? Besides
convenient nutrition that adjusts to an infantís growing
needs, breast milk offers protection against respiratory
illnesses, ear infections, digestive problems, and allergies.
Breastfed infants are less at risk for sudden infant death
syndrome (SIDS) and they are less likely to become obese as
they grow older, reports the AAP.
does baby Loganís doctor recommend his daily nursings be
supplemented with vitamin D? Because this one nutrient may not
be adequately supplied in human milk, say experts.
in the first few days of life, all infants and children should
consume 400 International Units (IU) of vitamin D, recommends
the AAP. One liter of human milk (the amount a baby might
consume in a day) supplies about 25 IU of this vitamin. Babyís
skin can synthesize additional vitamin D when exposed to
sunlight Ö but this is not a common occurrence in our modern
vitamin D is crucial for infants during this time of rapid
growth, say experts. Vitamin D helps young bodies absorb
calcium ó the primary mineral in bones and teeth. When
vitamin D is deficient, bones become soft, thin, and brittle
ó a condition called rickets.
D also helps muscles move and nerves to function. And it
assists the immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses,
according to the National Institutes of Health Office of
studies have found that some breastfed babies do not get
adequate vitamin D. Children most at risk, according to the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), live in areas with limited
sunlight, dense cloud cover, or heavy pollution. And while
sunscreen protects young skin, it also blocks the synthesis of
Logan gets a small droplet of liquid vitamin D along with his
momís milk every day. When he is older, he can get vitamin D
from milk and other vitamin D fortified foods in his
his 2-year-old sister, I suspect heíll get some additional
vitamin D when heís old enough to go outside to play with
Grammy. That would be just perfect.