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Old 03-12-2013, 09:08 AM   #1
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vitamin D

how do you give it to your babe, before or after a feeding? how long do you continue drops and can I take anything that gives it to baby through breastmilk? (I figure not, but this would be so much easier for me)
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:19 AM   #2
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If you take several thousand IUs of vitamin D every day and are not yourself so deficient that your levels need to "catch up," baby will get vitamin D from your breast milk. Kellymom has references.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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I just did drops whenever. They are sweet and my babies loved them.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:03 PM   #4
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Re: vitamin D

I was told to take 2000iu of Vitamin D each day while BFing in addition to my prenatal vitamin that I still took. I never had to give my baby anything else.
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I was told to use the drops. Why do they need the vitamin d supplement though? My pediatrician was vague
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:28 AM   #6
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Re: vitamin D

I never used the drops. My pedi recommended it, but I happily declined.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:33 PM   #7
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Re: vitamin D

I used the drops the 1st time but not this time. The doc said to just put a couple drops on my nipple before latching. I would think that in some places it might not matter so much but for a winter baby living here in Chicago, there is almost no Vitamin D getting made naturally from sun exposure. Today is the first sun I've seen in at least a week and it is too cold and windy to take a babe out. *sigh* I miss CA.
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Re: vitamin D

When DS was little we were out in the sunshine for enough time every day. Now that he's older I am giving him cod liver oil for his teeth but it has a lot of vit. D in it.
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In the northern half of the U.S. it's very difficult in the winter months to get sufficient Vit D from the sun. Kelly Mom does explain it well but note even if mom isn't deficient (and MANY women are) very little is passed through to the breast milk.
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/vitamin-d/

With more and more benefits being researched, or if you tend to use sunscreen religiously, it's a good idea to supplement.
I supplemented just from the dropper. Or when I bottle fed I added a bit to my breast milk.
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