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Breastfeeding vitamins

When breastfeeding, it's a good idea to take a daily vitamin D supplement.

If your baby is only having breast milk, you should give them a vitamin D supplement too. Your health visitor can give you advice on vitamin drops and tell you where to get them.

How much vitamin D to take

If you're breastfeeding, you should consider taking a 10mcg daily vitamin D supplement.

If your baby is only having breast milk (no first infant formula top-ups), you should give them a daily vitamin D supplement of 8.5 to 10mcg.

Vitamin D is found in certain foods – including oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel; red meat; and some breakfast cereals – but it's hard to get enough from food alone.

Where to get vitamins

It's worth checking if you're entitled to Healthy Start food and vitamin vouchers.

If you're not eligible, ask your GP or health visitor where to buy them.

Breastfeeding advice

If you think something you're eating is affecting your baby through your breast milk, talk to your GP or health visitor, or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212.

For breastfeeding helplines and online support, have a look at our breastfeeding help and support page.

Breastfeeding Friend from Start for Life

The Breastfeeding Friend has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you – and because it's a digital tool, you can access it 24/7.