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April 28th, 2008, 09:06 PM
jaypbee's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I noticed in the literature my ped gave us at our 2 month appt that bf babies need a vitamin D supplement. However, he didn't mention it at the appt, and I forgot to ask him. With the nicer weather, we have been getting out almost daily, and I let the sun hit him for about 15-20 minutes of the walk (not all at once though-5 minutes, here a couple minutes there, etc). Is the sun exposure enough or does he need a supplement?

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April 28th, 2008, 11:06 PM
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BF babies generally do NOT need a supplement unless you live in low sun areas (think alaska, england, etc), and/or your baby is darker complected.

vit D stores in your body, so sunlight for about 15 mins a day (even through the car window! lol) is sufficient.


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April 28th, 2008, 11:50 PM
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Our Ped. told DH the same thing when he took my younger DS to his 4 month checkup. He gave DH a script for vit D supplement and DH filled it, but I've never used it. I just make sure he gets some sun each day instead. He's been fine and healthy so far, so I'll just continue that.

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April 29th, 2008, 07:07 AM
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Our ped told us the same thing around 2 months old. I never filled the script and Abigail is just fine. We barely got outside at all that winter and she never lacked vitamin D. I think it's a newer trend because formula adds vitamin D to be sure babies get it. We forget that our bodies and nature make sure everything works itself out.
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