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June 30th, 2014, 03:57 PM
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Sorry if this is supposed to be posted somewhere else - I'm not quite sure how to determine what goes where.

My daughter was born at 35.5 weeks. Her bilirubin levels were high and she was put under the lights due to being jaundiced. She'll be 7 weeks old this coming Thursday.

As per Dr. orders, I've been giving her liquid vitamin D, due to her high bilirubin at birth, and the fact that she's strictly being breastfed. Also, as of last week, her bilirubin levels were still "slightly elevated".

Here's the thing - the vitamin D suspension is so thick that it chokes her. I dilute it w. water but it's made no difference. It's scary and hard to continually give it to her every day when it makes her gasp for air. I've developed some anxiety about giving it to her. Even though I administer it very slowly and towards the back of her cheek, it just won't go down without seeming downright dangerous.

I don't mean to be overly dramatic about it , and I obviously want what's best for my baby, but I don't know if it's worth the risk . I've noticed the trend that all breast fed babies are now supposed to be supplemented with vitamin D. It just makes me question if it's necessary.

So many babies have had "a touch of jaundice" for years and years and besides bili lights, the remedy used to be putting them in front of a window for a short time every day, to safely expose them to the sun rays.

The whites of her eyes are still a little yellow, and yes I know I should consult my pediatrician. But have any of you had similar experiences? What are your thoughts? Her pediatrician recommends continuing the drops, but he's not the one giving them to her daily, and praying she doesn't aspirate the d*** stuff.

Does anyone have knowledge or experience with this?
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June 30th, 2014, 07:48 PM
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u can buy poly or tri visol vot d drops at drug store. just put a drop on your nipple and she can drink it off that way when nursing. all the best!
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July 1st, 2014, 04:04 AM
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I'll look into this. Thanks
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July 1st, 2014, 05:49 PM
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Lurking here from Jan PR. I prefer natural methods. With my Jan baby the pedi told us to get the drops. Honestly, we lied to her and said we got them. I believe that my milk is made perfect for my baby. So my opinion.... get that baby in some good old fashioned sun shine!
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July 3rd, 2014, 09:43 AM
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Rainey does not have any jaundice but I was giving her Vit. D - I was using the drops by Jamieson, the liquid is nice and thin. I kept forgetting to put it on her pacifier or my nipple so I would put a drop directly in her mouth while she was awake and cooing, lol.

But now that the weather is gorgeous here and we go for daily walks, I've stopped giving her the drops...I just make sure she is exposed for a little bit to the sun during our walks for some good old fashioned sunshine vitamin D.
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July 3rd, 2014, 01:30 PM
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I brought my baby out in the sun three times a day for 5-10 min and it cleared up the jaundice pretty quick. Baby still does not get vitamin D - I will probably start in the fall when less sunshine.
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July 3rd, 2014, 08:22 PM
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Lurking from May PR! Bun was in the nicu for two weeks where they could put the lights on him when he started looking a little jaundiced. When he came home though, he just got more yellow. They didn't have us get any vit-d drops or anything because he was still within the safe range. However, we took him out to a festival and he looked so much better a couple days later. Sunshine seems to be the best bet. He still has a slight yellow tint but the doctors said it's just from breastmilk and nothing to worry about and that it completely clears up by 2-4 months.
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