No dairy products with fluoride supplements?? What about my breast milk?

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My 8 month old baby girl is supposed to be taking fluoride supplements now. We have no fluoride our water I guess. So I just got the prescription and the directions are so intense! "DO NOT EAT OR DRINK DAIRY PRODUCTS from 1 hour before to 2 hours after taking this medicine." Ugh! I guess it's not all that hard but what about my breast milk?? That's dairy, no....maybe not. I'm just not sure. She's a growing baby. So she eats often....whether it's cereal, biter biscuits or breastfeeding. The only dairy I really feed her has been this banana yogurt, which she LOVES. So I'm safe in that area...I'm just curious about my it considered the same??

I'm just not sure what to do at this point. I'm afraid I'm just gonna give up on the whole supplement thing. I'm not a fan of taking vitamins myself. However, if they're liquid I'll be more inclined. So I'm just hoping I remember to give these to my girl.

Any suggestions???

Any help would be much appreciated. :D



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Carrie - posted on 03/07/2009




I also found this from the Dr. Sears site.  It looks like you need to find out the exact level in your area, since some water is naturally flouridated.


To be sure your children get the right amount of fluoride -- not too much and not too little -- follow these recommendations:

If your child drinks several glasses of water a day and the local water supply has a fluoride concentration of at least .3 parts per million, your child does not need fluoride supplements in the form of tablets or drops. Check with your family doctor or dentist as to your child's individual fluoride needs. You can check the fluoride content of your water by calling your local water department.

Even if your local tapwater is fluoridated, your infant or child may not drink enough tapwater to receive sufficient fluoride. In this situation, consult your doctor about giving your child fluoride supplements. If you drink bottled water , it will not be fluoridated unless you specifically request it.

Don't use fluoride-containing toothpastes and mouthwashes in children below the age of two, since toddlers tend to swallow toothpaste.

If your child uses a fluoridated toothpaste, allow only a pea-sized dab a day. This will provide the daily dose of recommended fluoride without risking overdose. Don't allow your children to use the generous amounts of toothpaste they see in TV commercials.

Ready-to-feed formulas are not made with fluoride- supplemented water.

Breastfed babies do not need additional supplies of fluoride. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that fluoride supplements not be given to infants younger than six months of age because of the concern about fluorosis in this age group.

Depending on your child's age and the fluoride concentration in your local water supply, the fluoride supplementation schedule is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  0.6 ppm
AGE OF CHILDDaily Dosage of Fluoride
6 months to three years 0.25 mg 0.00 0.00
3-6 years 0.50 mg 0.25 mg 0.00
6 years to at least 16 years 1.0 mg 0.50 mg 0.00



Allison - posted on 03/07/2009




You've gotten good info - the only think I want to add is that typically breastmilk isn't considered "dairy." I don't know how breastmilk would interact with a supplement, though.

Carrie - posted on 03/07/2009




I found this link too.

Honestly, if you're not comfortable with the suppliment, hold off on giving it until you've researched it more.  You might also call a lactation consultant in your area and ask their advice over the phone.  They should be able to advise you.

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Thanks!  I appreciate it.  Yeah, our pediatrician recommended these supplements two months ago but we were so very skeptical....and frankly, scared!  So we waited until she started teething. :D

Great! I didn't know it caused excess gas.  She's already gassy as it is. LOL.

I'm still researching too.


Thanks again.

Tereza - posted on 03/07/2009




Hi Tenise,

I have found this:

Fluoride The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended in its 1997 policy statement that babies younger than six months should NOT receive fluoride supplements and that babies older than six months receive supplements only if they live in an area where the drinking water contains less than 0.3 ppm of fluoride. Fluoride supplements tend to contribute to excess intestinal gas (wind).


This is not a big hepl to you but if I find something better I`ll write.

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