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Old 06-18-2013, 10:22 PM   #11
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Re: Supplements and the breast fed baby?

Kids were Brest Ed with few issues long before vitamins were given. All 3 of mine were ebf without supplements. They all did fine.

I read one article explaining that breastmilk appears to be low in certain vitamins compared to formula. The reason it said was because formula is harder to digest not all of the vitamins ate absorbed into baby's body. To offset this formulas actually have a high dosage of vitamins. Since breastmilk is easier to digest although lower in vitamins a higher percentage is absorbed by baby.

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Old 06-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #12
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Re: Supplements and the breast fed baby?

Studies done on breastmilk in under developed countries and on breastmilk from well on breastmilk from well fed women in first world countries indicate very little difference in nutrition. This would indicate that yes your body does still make sure baby is getting what he/she needs.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:38 AM   #13
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Unfortunately, breastmilk is not perfect. Sorry.. It's not. If you are lacking a vitamin, your breastmilk will be lacking that vitamin. Your body can't give baby something it doesn't have - that's not logical. And while you're pregnant, your body prioritizes the baby, but after baby is out, your body prioritizes your needs over breastmilk production.

That being said, I just try to get baby outdoors everyday for vitamin D. Which many adults are deficient in anyways.

As for weight checks - totally normal. Don't let them scare you. If baby is having dirty diapers, things are likely fine even if it takes 3 weeks to get back to birth weight. I like weight checks, personally. As long as the number increased, I feel more confident that I'm nursing well.

Vitamin D questions are common and there's a reason - the research is confusing, lacking, etc etc. Best bet is to get something that's very natural or just get baby outdoors.
Respectfully must disagree with this one. BM is the perfet food for a baby. Even if the mother is malnurished, her milk will feed and sustain her baby. Man simply cannot replicate what nature has made. Now, some babies do have allergies and mom may need to adjust a diet, but that's rare. And even in those cases, BM is still far superior to anything man-made (formula) or milk not designed for human consumption (goat's milk, cow's milk, etc.)
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Are the Vit. D drops something I can find at Whole Foods? I already purchased everything I was going to purchase online. I would rather just go and get them if I need them. KWIM?

It seems that this issue has many sides. I am going to have to think about it. Maybe I should see what the Ped's website says now. My Ped is in a children's hospital network.

ETA I don't see anything on there about needing to supplement with vitamins.
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Re: Supplements and the breast fed baby?

My ped had recommended that DD be on Tri-vi-sol as well, but I never did get the vitamins. They ask every visit if she's on any supplements and I answer no, but they never go farther. I do take 1000 IU of Vit D a day, and we live in Florida and have lots of outdoors play, so I'm not too worried about her Vit D levels.

We did just add an iron supplement because her hemoglobin was low at her 9 mo visit. I wish all baby medicine tasted like the Iron Up!!! She reaches for it and tries to suck on the dropper and wants more than her dosage!
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:33 AM   #16
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Re: Supplements and the breast fed baby?

Vitamin D does transfer through breastmilk. The problem is that most people in North America are very deficient in Vitamin D due to little time outdoors and excessive sunscreen use. You can take enough Vitamin D yourself to ensure that baby is getting enough. My ped and I went back and forth on this a bit when I stated that I felt the Vit D drops were unnecessary since I have a good Vit D status and do things to maintain it. At the last appointment when I said that we would be spending time outdoors without sunscreen on a regular basis he said that in that case extra Vit D was unnecessary. I did also give him a study on maternal Vit D supplementation and baby's Vit D levels. If you prefer to give your baby a supplement, go for it, but it isn't strictly necessary.
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BF babies don't need the tri-vi-sol, just get the Carlson vitamin d drops and drop 1 drop on the nipple as pp said.
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Are the Vit. D drops something I can find at Whole Foods? I already purchased everything I was going to purchase online. I would rather just go and get them if I need them. KWIM?
You might be able to get them at Whole Foods. One of the natural foods stores in my area carries them, and the other does not. It just depends on what the store chooses to stock.

I had my own vitamin D checked back in March (so at the end of winter) and my status was not great. It wasn't awful, but it also wasn't optimal. I know I need to improve my numbers.
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Re: Supplements and the breast fed baby?

The best way to give an EBF baby vitamin D is for mom to take 2,000 to 5,000 IUs extra. The vitamin D will get in the breast milk and baby will be able to absorb it more readily that way. Then you don't have to worry about giving them anything extra. And just some time in the sun is good too.
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For breast feeding my midwife has me supplementing with 10000ius of vit d. And I have baby vit d drops for the little one.
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