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Old 04-28-2008, 11:37 PM   #1
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Ds had his 4 month check up today, and the dr told me something I had never heard. I BFed my other two kids, and was never told this. He said that there isn't sufficient Vitamin D in BM, and that they are now recommending supplementing it in EBF babies.

Anyone else been told this? He gave me a prescription for ds, but I'm not sure about it. Isn't BM THE perfect food for babies?? Why do they need the supplement of anything?
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Ds had his 4 month check up today, and the dr told me something I had never heard. I BFed my other two kids, and was never told this. He said that there isn't sufficient Vitamin D in BM, and that they are now recommending supplementing it in EBF babies.

Anyone else been told this? He gave me a prescription for ds, but I'm not sure about it. Isn't BM THE perfect food for babies?? Why do they need the supplement of anything?
yep I was given the same speech, I decided not to supplement.

It takes 17 min a day or less with the head and hands exposed to the sun to produce all the vitamin d we need http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...vitamin-d.html
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yep I was given the same speech, I decided not to supplement.

It takes 17 min a day or less with the head and hands exposed to the sun to produce all the vitamin d we need http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...vitamin-d.html


Our old ped gave us the whole speech about that, too. We had other issues with our ped, so we left and found a new wonderful ped! He told us it wasn't necessary, just get a little sun each day.
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My doctor never mentioned this but the lady at wic did, like I am going to listen to her medical advice. (She also told me that I HAVE to give DS solids after 6m bc breastmilk is not enough and that it HAS to be cereal.) Since DS has been born I try to get him around 15mins of sunlight a day, even it is just laying in a sunny window. Of course not all days are sunny but it is often enough.
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I've heard that now for years......I do give my son drops but we litterally have no sun here what so ever yet.
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Since DS has been born I try to get him around 15mins of sunlight a day, even it is just laying in a sunny window.
Your baby will not get enough UV rays through a window to manufacture Vitamin D. You have to actually go outside.
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My pediatrician recommended them just for the winter (as we live so far north). We gave them intermittently but have stopped now that it is spring and we try to get outside every day.

(OF course, I type this as it is raining and miserable here )
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Thanks everyone!!

I totally agree with pp that BM is totally perfect for our babies just the way it is! That's why we make it, right?

I was never given that speech with the other two, not even with dd2 who has Spina Bifida. You would think they would be worried about her bone health.

It's just the newest "fad". The dr even said that himself! He is totally not pushy about anything, he just passes along the info that he has. He has been around long enough to know that you can't force a parent to do anything to their child that they don't agree with. That's why I like him. His nurse, not so much. She is nice, but has an odd personality for a pedi nurse.

Anyway, I am not going to even get the scrip filled, it is nice and sunny here most of the time, all year round. We are an outdoorsy family anyway, so he will be just fine!

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Re: Supplementing an EBF baby with Vit. D?

yes, this is the latest reccomendation, the tri visol vitamins ( i think that's what it's called) ...but it's supposed to be given to your baby from about 2weeks old ( i was told about it at my daught. 2week appt if I remember correctly) to 1 year. It's not a prescription vitamin drops though.. and it only cost like $2.50 at my Kaiser health insurance pharmacy.
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Re: Supplementing an EBF baby with Vit. D?

You dont need to supplement anything to an EBF baby. If you are worried about vitamin D, then YOU need to take a supplement, not baby.
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