Vitamin D...

Andrea - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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For the most part I like my pediatrician - she encouraged me to pump after each feeding in the beginning when my daughter lost too much weight, and supplement with my own breastmilk instead of formula - she seems to be on top of things and her handouts are pretty accurate - but at my daughters 2 month check up she advised me to start giving her Vitamin D - in form of infant multi-vitamin. I did a little research - but didn't find enough info to help me. Is this common and necessary for breastfed babies? I thought the breastmilk had everything they needed for at least the first 6 months? We do live in WI where the sun is not shining ALL the time - but I have been taking her out and about since she was born - she is not sun deprived. Is it something I should only worry about in the winter? Is there someway I can take the Vitamin D instead of her and pass it through the breastmilk? Is it dangerous to give her the multi-vitamin (it is NOT the one with iron). I'm not looking for answers such as "I gave it to my child and she turned out fine" - I need actual information on the pros and cons. Thanks so much!

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Barbora Milena - posted on 03/23/2010

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we got the D vit drops from the doc n my daughter gets one drop each night, he said the babies r not able to produce enough of the vit for themselves n that u cant pass it through the milk...i give her the drop while bfeedin her in the eve...here we have cold winter from October-Nov to February

Andrea - posted on 03/22/2010

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Thanks Alison, that link was helpful - I did check kellymom.com, but as you mentioned, she is re-doing the page.

I am a dog walker, so regardless of the weather, I am out and about with my daughter in the baby bjorn - so she is getting sun. Maybe I wont worry about it now that it's spring, and just think about it during the winter - I know I get plenty of Vitamin D and did while I was pregnant as well.

Caitlin - posted on 03/22/2010

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Where I live in Canada they say Vitamin D should be taken every day. I use the vitamin d only, not the multi vitamin. It helps your baby absorb the calcium they need, Vitamin D is even added into cows milk for that same reason (for adults of course). I wouldn't be concerned giving the itamin D drops if it is recomended, try to make sure the ones you buy are alcohol free though!

Becca - posted on 03/22/2010

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I was told that because of the altitude that I live at vitamin D is reccommended to prevent rickets and that if I didn't want to give my son the vitamin I could take it myself but because it doesn't pass well into the breastmilk I would need to take a lot of it (I don't remember how much exactly). I also did research and found out that I could let my child get enough sun a day but that the times required were not realistic for our climate: 10min/day of direct sunlight while wearing only a diaper OR 30 min/day with hands and head exposed. I also learned that most children will not develop rickets even without the supplement and that vitamin D is mostly advised as a precautionary measure. One thing to keep in mind is that a child is at higher risk for rickets if Mom or child have a darker skin tone or if Mom comes from a culture where women cover up. As neither of these seem to apply to your situation, you probably don't have a high risk for your child to develop rickets but your pediatrician probably is reccomending it just as a preventative measure.

Tara - posted on 03/22/2010

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we dont get alot of sun here either in oregon so my docs and nurses suggested vit d as well because breastmilk has very little in it?

Brandy - posted on 03/22/2010

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I think it depends where you live. I live in Canada and our winters are long and cold so we don't get enough sun. I do supplement with vitamin D drops (just vitamin d though, I don't see the reason for a multi-vitamin if you are bf) and our doctors here actually ask that we give it right from birth every day. While our breastmilk is pretty amazing, Vitamin D is the only vitamin that does not pass through the breastmilk and it is needed in order to absorb calcium. Which is the main reason why we need it. Vitamin D supports the growth of strong bones so you really want to make sure that your baby is getting enough. It is not dangerous, it's just a vitamin just like the tons of vitamins we eat in our food every day. It's natural, not like some form of chemical medication or something. But I would get the one with just Vitamin D as I don't see the need for a multivitamin while breastfeeding unless you don't think you are getting enough vitamins in your diet to support you and her.

Allison - posted on 03/22/2010

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Kelly from Kellymom is working on revising her Vitamin D recommendations. A new study on vitamin D was just published today. I haven't read the study yet, but I did read this yesterday:



http://www.scientificamerican.com/articl...



Dr. Jack Newman has specific info on breastfeeding and Vitamin D supplementation, though it's not a lot:



http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Breastf...



I think right now there's just not enough info to tell whether we need to supplement or not. I don't and don't plan to, but I also live in a very sunny area (Phoenix, Az) and I think we get a lot of incidental sun exposure to give us enough Vitamin D. I would prefer the natural source of Vitamin D over a synthetic, especially since I dont' think it's clear how much of the synthetic is absorbed, especially by a baby.



I've heard that 15 minutes per week is sufficient, but I've also heard 5-10 minutes per day. I would guess it depends on time of year and state of dress. I've also heard that our body stores Vitamin D, so if we get enough during the summer months, we should be able to use our stores over the winter. I don't know how true that is, though.



We don't really know how much is "enough" right now....it's being studied, which is good, since the only thing we knew before was that Vitamin D milk was good. But we think there's so much more to it and it's so important in staying healthy in general that we need more info.



I wish it was so much clearer!

ZANETA - posted on 03/22/2010

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Vit D is necessary when breastfeeding as our milk is not passing enough of it to our babies.I have started giving ONLY vit D when my son was 4 weeks old and still at 13 months we give him one just before bedtime.It's true that it is enough to expose a bay to the sun for 15 min a week but it's not always possible.I would advise you to try and buy Vit D only.P.s Just before I give the vit D to my son I always sing him a song ,so he is waiting for it every evening .Good luck xx

Becky - posted on 03/22/2010

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It's not dangerous to give them a multi vit supplement, but I don't know that it's all that necessary, especially since it's spring and the sun is out more and more. I live in Cali. though and so I'm not sure how common it is in WI.

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