Should I take vitamins while breastfeeding?

If you're breastfeeding, you should consider taking a vitamin D supplement. Sometimes referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin' as we can get most of our vitamin D from sunlight – but only during the brightest part of the year (from about late March/early April to the end of September).

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Vitamin D is also 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 foods alone. So, if you're breastfeeding, you should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement (containing 10mcg), particularly during the winter months as we don't get enough from sunlight (from October until the end of March). All your other vitamins and minerals should come from a well-balanced, healthy diet.

It's worth checking to see if you're entitled to Healthy Start food and vitamin vouchers. If you're not entitled to free supplements, ask your GP or health visitor where you can buy some.

If you are breastfeeding exclusively (with no formula top ups) your baby should also be given a daily Vitamin D supplement – see babies and vitamins.

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