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Old 05-14-2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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Okay, Mommas. My 6 week old DS is currently BF and my PED says that I should be giving him a vitamin supplement with Vitamin D (he suggested the Poly Vi Sol with Iron). I never did this with my first DS. Basically, what do you think? Is this necessary?

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Old 05-14-2008, 10:40 AM   #2
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If your baby gets a little exposure to sunshine (without SPF sunscreen), you should be fine. Our bodies are meant to make Vitamin D that way. Your kiddo will also get a little Vitamin D through your breastmilk. Not a ton, but almost always enough. Anyway...Vitamin D supplements aren't well absorbed and are basically a waste of money. What you're trying to avoid is your kid getting rickets due to vitamin deficiency. But, honestly, have you ever heard of a child in North America who had rickets? There are a couple cases every year in Canada, but its generally just dark-skinned children who belong to religious communities where they need to cover up all the time, so they're rarely exposed to the sun.
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They told me that, too. I haven't given dd any, and when they ask me at her checkups if she is taking any, I just smile and say nope. Our ped hasn't given me a hard time about it at all.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:04 AM   #4
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Thanks for the great info! I wasn't sure how much Vit D he would be getting by breastmilk, etc. No worries now! Thanks a bunch!

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Yes, same reccomendation here from our Pediatrician. Our daught. started the vitamin drops around 2wks old and continued until 1 year old.

It's for breastfed babies and is the standard.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:15 AM   #6
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I agree that between breast milk and sunlight baby gets enough vit D and supplementing really isn't a necessity. I was suprised my Ped. never even mentioned supplementing.. yet so many others have been advised on the subject.
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Both my midwives, and our local health unit told me to give vit D supplements, so I bought the D Vi Sol brand. Dd gulped it down so fast that she would get very bad gas that took a few hours to get rid of. It was terrible, not to mention that it is full of sugar, which I don't like either. My naturopathic doc gave me a different kind of D supplement, called Biotics Bio-D-Mulsion. I give it to her as one drop on my finger, and the only ingredients (other than vit D) are sesame oil and a water and acacia emulsifier base. It is super easy to give, and no gas or sugar, so if you can find it where you are, and decide to supplement, I would strongly suggest it! Make sure you get the 400iu, not the 1000iu.
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We were talking about this at the LLL meeting. LLL states that Vitamin D supplement is not required. My ped said to expose my kids to about 10 minutes of sunlight without sunscreen and everything will be fine.
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Yes, same reccomendation here from our Pediatrician. Our daught. started the vitamin drops around 2wks old and continued until 1 year old.

It's for breastfed babies and is the standard.
It is absoLUTELY not the standard!

Most pediatricians that are correctly educated in breastfeeding do NOT recommend using vitamins.
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We were talking about this at the LLL meeting. LLL states that Vitamin D supplement is not required. My ped said to expose my kids to about 10 minutes of sunlight without sunscreen and everything will be fine.
LOL - I was at my LLL meeting last night, and this exact same question was brought up by a FTM of a 6 week old. And as you stated, supplemental Vitamin D & other vitamins is not needed by breastfed baby (who does not have any special conditions requiring them e.g. prematurity). Breastfeeding itself is "the standard" and everything else is not needed.
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