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Old 11-02-2012, 07:19 PM   #21
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I never gave it to my breastfed babies either, and all of them are thriving now. The one time a ped pushed for it, I tried one dose which dd gagged on. I told the dr they made her sick and they never bugged me again.

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Old 11-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #22
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Nope. You don't need it. Just make sure they are getting sunlight most days. If you live in a climate where they are constantly bundled up or raining for months, then yes I would do it.
ITA. You don't need it. Vitamin D is one of the easiest to get.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #23
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I would really think about giving it to your baby or even supplementing yourself with around 4000 IU a day to supplement for the both of you. There is a ton of new research that is coming out showing that we are not getting enough vit d. It is grat to get it from the sun but that all depends on where you live. Here in the Midwest the sun only shines at the right angle to allow our skin to absorb enough during four months of the year from what I understand. You should look up some literature on google scholar on the subject. A link between low vit d levels and autism is being researched among other things. Very cool stuff.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:40 PM   #24
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Re: Vitamin D for babies?

We use the one drop D drops too. We're in MN and don't get out nearly enough, our doc recommended the Poly-vi-sol but after seeing the crap that was in them I just couldn't do it.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:02 AM   #25
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I didn't give it even though it was recommended. We live in NC and are outside every day for some sun and fresh air. If I lived in a colder climate or was not in the habit of getting outside often, then I would have given the supplement.

ETA: I do give it to my teenager. She isn't much into playing outside anymore and spends most of her free time in her room singing and playing guitar. She needs the supplement.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #26
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It is a new recommendation. It wasn't out yet when DD1 was born (she's 3), but was recommended for DD2 (22 months). My ped told me it was based on studies showing lower rates of forearm fractures in children and toddlers who had been receiving the supplement. These threads always turn into a debate about whether or nit we get enough vitamin D.

If you do want to do it, don't use the multivitamin, it tastes gross. We used the D-Vi-Sol instead of Poli-Vi-Sol, I could get it over the counter at Walmart. The D one tastes sweet and DD2 loved it.
It is NOT new. My oldest is 14yo & it was recommended when she was a baby.
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Re: Vitamin D for babies?

We just bought the ones at the Vitamin Shop. Only need one drop of them and they're colorless/flavorless.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:11 PM   #28
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Our super crunchy doctor who is mostly against flu shots, many vaccines, and flouride strongly recommended vitamin d. But we live in the pacific nw where there is very little sun.
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It is NOT new. My oldest is 14yo & it was recommended when she was a baby.
Ah, not so new then. I believe the studies my ped was talking about were recent though.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:41 AM   #30
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Yup, I think it's important if you don't live in a warm sunny climate. We don't get as much Vit D as we used to nowadays since we're inside more and we wear sunscreen. Recent studies have linked lack of Vit D to a whole host of issues including Asthma, ADD, autism and many more things. It's especially important during pregnancy and they recommend pregnant women get 2000IU daily. If you want it to be passed on in your breastmilk I believe you need to take 6000IU daily. I give my baby drops starting in the fall when we're more bundled up outside and go out less. If you just do a google search of the importance of Vit D you'll find a ton of information. We use the one drop ones. I just drop them in her mouth, she actually likes them.
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