Our pediatrician recomened giving vitimin D supliments to our 2 week infant.

Zoe - posted on 11/01/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Any one else did this? I did and he threw it all up.....how important is it? i am nursing too.

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I haven't read any of the responses yet, but I hope this helps!
The reason your baby may have thrown it all up depends on what the vitamin is mixed with. I use "Baby D Drops" where 1 drop is the FULL DOSE of the vitamin for the recommended dose (400 IU). The drops are mixed with vegetable oil so they are less likely to cause a problem.
I just skimmed some, and most have given the same advice I'd give. And if you are giving formula, there's no need for extra D.

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Shawna - posted on 12/14/2009

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we do not do the liquid baby vitamins any more we give an emulsified vitamin d drop that goes on the tongue once a day, super easy.

Amber - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son is 6 weeks old and my pediatrician prescribed vitamin D when he was 5 days old. We live in Washington and its winter time which means the days are short and not sunny.
I just use the dropper to slowly put them in his mouth and he doesn't have a problem with spitting it back up. I have Just D by Sunlight Vitamins.

Mollie - posted on 11/11/2008

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My pediatrician told me about them and said it was up to me. She believes babies get everything they need from the breast milk. Sunlight is what produces the Vitamin D so you can also start taking the little one outside for 15 to minutes a day. Be careful not to let the baby get sunburned! Going outside will also help set the internal clock that tells babies day time is for awake and night time is for sleeping. Good luck!

Jessi - posted on 11/11/2008

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My pediatrician recommended it to us, too. My son is almost 3 months old now and we never gave it to him. I didn't see the point. Babies get everything they need from breastmilk and your giving him that, so that's great!

Crystal - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son threw it up as well and I panicked. I was then told that you have to put it in a drop at a time in the cheek and feed him.her right afterward. He can now take it no problems. I hope that helps! I'm not sure the importance, just that I was told that he won't get it from me and that it helps in the maintenance and development in bones.

Erica - posted on 11/10/2008

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Our pediatrition advised us to do the same and we've had the same results. She spits up most of it and then she gags on the stuff she didn't spit out. It's horrible! I am going to have a talk with my pediatrition on our next visit to see if it is that important or if we can figure out a better way. Sorry I can't be more help at the moment, but I will let you know what my doc says.

Shawna - posted on 11/07/2008

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just a thought. My dr says that they have been seeing alot of babys with low iron right now so it might be a good idea to give the drops that contain iron. I got the ones without and am now wishing that I had gotten the ones with from the start.

Laura - posted on 11/07/2008

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your baby needs it because you are breastfeeding. My son took the drops since the day he was born until he went to formula. formula contains added vitamin d but your baby can't get enough vitamin D from breast milk alone you need to give them at least a dropper full a day (or by the directions and age) This helps with there overall health as well as jaundice very helpful and important for babies born closer to winter due to lack of vitamin D from the sun.

Nikki - posted on 11/06/2008

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I was given that advice, too because we exclusively breastfeed. I tried it one night and he choked so badly that I never gave it to him again. I just took him outside a lot and on cooler days I would put him in the bouncer or swing in front of a window. He is now 6 months and doing great. Do what you feel comfortable with.

Amy - posted on 11/05/2008

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Check out the Kellymom website for info on supplementation while breastfeeding.

Angel - posted on 11/05/2008

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I was also told to do this with my child. She is over 4 months now and I did not give her the supplement. And when I took her in for her 4 month check up, the doctor said, "Boy I can sure tell that you've been giving her the supplements. She is very very healthy." But I had not given her the supplement at all. So if you do not feel comfortable giving that to your child, you do not have to, it is just a recommendation.

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Definately just stick your baby in the sun a bit each day!!! Doctors are so wacky about shots and drops and pills and so much other junk. How do you think humans have survived as long as we have?? He'll get pleny of D from the sun alone.

Katie - posted on 11/03/2008

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Our pediatrician also recommended vitamin D supplement for our exclusively breastfed son. He started at 2 weeks and is now 5 months. He doesn't get it every day, but a few times a week maybe. Apparently, they do not get enough vitamin D through breastmilk or sun exposure, so I think it's good to give the supplement at least occasionally. Our son has never minded it, thankfully. I have the book the Nursing Mother's Companion which states that you can likely get by without a vitamin D supplement with minimal sun exposure, so I am sort of middle of the road. Don't think it's required every day (as my pediatrician might suggest), but do think it's better than not at all as he doesn't get much sun exposure.

Katie - posted on 11/03/2008

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My doctor said that the vitamin D would help her bones absorb calcium. I tried the Tri Via sol and it hurt her stomach so bad everythime that i just stopped and try to get alittle sun exposure.

Brianna - posted on 11/03/2008

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I am going wait until there is more research to prove this isn't harmful. Why are children getting rickets? 1) They are not playing outside as much anymore 2) They aren't drinking milk that is fortified with vitamin D

I just intend to ensure my child gets adequate time in the sun and drinks her milk. It's worked for many many years before.

Jennifer - posted on 11/02/2008

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Vitamin D is required for breast fed babies as it is not passed in the breast milk. If you live in the Northern hemisphere you will not get enough Vitamin D through the skin. Once your baby starts eating fortified cereal you will not need to suppliment with the vitamin D drops.(usually somewhere around 6 months) Vitamin D is a requirement to absorb calcium...without it the baby will not be able to absorb the calcium which will result in poor bone growth. (rickets) If you live in Canada it is almost impossible to obtain enought Vitamin D through the skin, for example if you live in Edmunton, Alberta it has been shown that no Vitmain D is produced by the skin from October to March. It is also not recommended to expose children under 6 months to the sun due to increased risk of skin cancer and after 6 months everyone should be using sun screen which blocks the skins ability to produce Vitamin D.

Sarah - posted on 11/01/2008

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My baby is almost 7 mos. old, and they never told me to do that. I did hear that about a month ago the FDA doubled the amount of vitamin D that was needed for children. I wonder if that is the reason to push suppliments. I still don't give my daughter any suppliments.

Barbara - posted on 11/01/2008

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The reason that the D drops are recommended is that a baby that doesn't get enough D can get ricketts. Typically this affects dark skinned babies that live in places that are frequently cloudy, or where they can't go out into the sun for long periods of time. I've heard that 20 minutes in the sun a week is enough. If the baby's growth starts dropping off or their wrists start looking thick it could be a sign of ricketts. Otherwise, they are probably ok with just being in the sun a bit each day.

Stefany - posted on 11/01/2008

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I just read about this as well. I have a 1 week old, nursing baby, and will ask at my next check up on Wednesday. It's getting cold outside so I don't see her getting too much sun time exposure.

Shawna - posted on 11/01/2008

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I was told that vitamin D is not passed through breast milk and I also got the vitamins for my daughter, I didnt give the full dose that it said it seemed like too much, I also am very bad about remembering. the nurse told me that five min with your hands exposed to the sun equals your daily amount of vitamin D so thats what i tried to do for her and I still try to giver her the vitamins when I remember. I was wondering what did they do way back when they didnt have liquid vitamins??

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