Infant Vitamin Drops

Jessica - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My almost 4 month old daughter is 100% breastfed and I was told to give her vitamin drops. I am not good at remembering to give them to her everyday because they seem to make her sick each time I give them to her. One of the doctors at the office I go to told me they weren't necessary and another told me they were... Has anyone else given their baby the multivitamin drops and had their baby get an upset stomach from them? Also are they necessary?

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Heidi - posted on 01/20/2010

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I give my little boy Poly-vi-Sol (without iron). It smells horrible and stains whatever it comes in contact with but he doesn't mind taking it (surprisingly!). I put the bottle in his bathroom so it is a part of our nightly bath routine. I give him the vitamin while he is in his little tub. That way if any of it drips out of his mouth it doesn't matter because it is not getting on clothes, etc. and I am able to wash it off of him. By making it a part of our bath routine it also helps me to remember to give it to him. It has not caused any stomach upsets for him. Also, I'm not sure why but my son's doctor told me to only give him 1/2 of the recommended dosage. Some way the vitamins are necessary and some say they are not. (Vitamin D is the critical one for breastfed babies.)

Maura - posted on 01/20/2010

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my almost 4 month old gets a little sick as well... i tried some iknow gross right lol... but i actually fealt sick too i'm really bad at remembering too! by the way your daughter is adorable!!

Jessica - posted on 01/20/2010

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Thanks for all the answers! I am taking vitamins myself so I am going to switch to the vitamin d only drops and hopefully that will be easier on her little belly!! Thank you!

Lori - posted on 01/20/2010

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I use Baby-D's vitamin drops. It's olive oil based, and he hasn't had any problems. I was told by my DFr. that breastmilk will have enough other vitamins until around 6 months. By then you may be feeding plenty of solids, so maybe multi's won't be so bothersome to her little tummy.

Becky - posted on 01/19/2010

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The only vitamin I have ever been recommended to give is Vitamin D. When you are breastfeeding, the nutrients you are consuming will be transmitted to the baby in your breastmilk. But apparently, vitamin D isn't transmitted.

If your daughter is getting sick from the multivitamins, I would suggest switching to Vitamin D only, and if you feel like your diet might be lacking in some vitamins, take a multivitamin yourself instead. She'll be getting everything she needs from you then.

Taking vitamins on an empty stomach can upset your stomach sometimes, so if you keep giving them to her, make sure you give them to her with food.

Casey - posted on 01/19/2010

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my daughter is also almost 4mo and i give her vitamin drops... breast milk doesn't have enough vitamin D in it for bone health for babies... i use tri-vi-sol... and since your girl is getting sick with it it could be because of iron.. i would look into a vitamin supplement without iron in it.. hope this helps!

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