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Do breastfed babies need vitamin D supplements?

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January 1st, 2012, 03:35 PM
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All of the information I am getting is totally conflicting. Our pedi's have never even brought it up but I would say probably 50% of my PR is giving vitamin D supplements to their BF'ed babies.

So, what say you ladies?
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January 1st, 2012, 03:40 PM
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Mine didn't. Wasn't even suggested to us. We live in a Southern state with more warm weather months and time in the sun though.

I personally don't think it's an issue unless you never see the sun lol.

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January 1st, 2012, 04:49 PM
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Our doctor recommends them during the colder months, being in the north east and all.
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January 1st, 2012, 05:50 PM
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I never have. My ped has told me to, but I've always taken a "breast milk has everything it needs" approach and not worried about it. But then my neighbor across the street (who is an LC actually) had her bf son get rickets. So I think I might this time. I'm not goIng to give those multivitamins though, there are vitamin d drops you can just put directly on your nIpple. I think that's what I'll use.
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January 1st, 2012, 05:58 PM
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^^D Drops are great; its literally 1 tiny drop, instead of a whole dropper full of that nasty smelly stuff.

I used to believe that breast milk was all babies needed for the first year, too... 'til I end up with an anemic baby who refused all solids until 12 months and had such a strong gag-reflex that he puked every time I gave him supplements.
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January 1st, 2012, 07:10 PM
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I never used them, and it was never suggested even though we live in WI.

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January 1st, 2012, 07:26 PM
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It was suggested for both kids but 10 mins in the sun is all they need so I tried to make sure they got it naturally.
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January 1st, 2012, 07:47 PM
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I have gotten into quite a few arguments with my ped over this. They insist I use it, I absolutely refuse. My kids get vitamin D the natural way, and for thousands of years women supplied Vitamin D without drops.
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January 1st, 2012, 08:26 PM
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Depends on where you are. If you are in a warmer sunny area its not such a big deal. Since they can get what they need from the sun. If you live where its dark early, or overcast most of the year then its recommended.

we didn't give them. DD#1 was formula fed and it had vitamin D in it. DD#2 was a may baby, so we were able to get enough sun and by time winter came she was eating some normal foods so it wasn't as vital.
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January 2nd, 2012, 10:25 AM
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My pedi never recommended it. Another pedi in the practice did but I havent used any. I take 4,000IU vitamin D a day.

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January 2nd, 2012, 10:59 AM
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I think it was recommended that we do the drops but we were not all that faithful about giving them every day.

Here are the CDC/AAP recommendations
Breastfeeding: Recommendations: Vitamin D Supplementation | DNPAO | CDC
While breastfeeding is the recommended method of infant feeding and provides infants with necessary nutrients and immune factors, breast milk alone does not provide infants with an adequate intake of vitamin D. Most breastfed infants are able to synthesize additional vitamin D through routine sunlight exposure. However, published reports of cases of vitamin D deficiency rickets among breastfed infants in the Unitied States caused researchers to take another look at whether all breastfed infants were getting adequate vitamin D.
As a result, in April 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published guidelines for vitamin D intake, recommending that all infants have a minimum intake of 200 IU of vitamin D per day, beginning during the first 2 months of life. In November 2008, the AAP published a new statement to replace their 2003 guidelines. The 2008 report recommends a daily intake of vitamin D of 400 IU/day for all infants and children beginning in the first few days of life.
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January 2nd, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Some do, some don't. Most babies are fine without a supplement. You can have your baby tested every few months to make sure they are getting enough, and mom needs to get enough herself. I never needed to supplement ds2, even while living in MN during the winter months. kellymom.com :: Does my baby need vitamin D supplements?
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January 2nd, 2012, 02:33 PM
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Since Ivy was born in winter I gave her a few drops every couple of days. I wasn't too worried about it because basically every day I just made sure to hang out with her in front of a window for 10-15 minutes while she was wearing nothing but a diaper. But I really only bothered with that until spring because then I was sure there were enough sunlight hours to not need the vitamin drops.
I really don't think I needed to have given her any, but I figured a little wouldn't hurt.
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January 2nd, 2012, 02:43 PM
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For Mackenzie, yes, we supplemented (with the drops, very easy) at the recommendation of our doctor. She was born in January in Canada - 10 minutes a day of sunlight could be tricky. If I had a summer baby I would have likely gone the sunlight route instead.
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January 4th, 2012, 12:35 AM
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We do them for every member of our family when we are not outside much. It is pretty hard to get enough natural D if you are a typical family in a cold climate - short days, most of the skin is covered, etc. You do not make D when exposed through light through windows. Then, in Summer - you do not get D through sunscreen either - so if you are slathering that on, your Vit D3 can still be low.

To ME taking D3 is an important ot health probably as breastfeeding - literally...since I have seen a great improvement in all of our health since we started it. I ran out recently & forgot several times to pick it up - and literally we all got a cold within a few weeks. I kept forgetting - I won't forget again. LOL Not a big deal, but it's the first cold we've had since Isaac was born (almost 2 years) and we had been exposed a TON to a lot of things - including sick babies chewing on everything in the house, etc & managed not to catch anything numerous times...so I truly do think it was low D3 that caught us off guard.

We also go higher on the levels than the RDA which is meant primarily to prevent rickets. D3 has a receptor on EVERY cell of yoru body - it is important in everything from your bones to your immune system to your neurolgical development & function. However, if mom has good D intake - natural or supplement - the baby should have enough stores for at least 6 mos since it is fat soluble.
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