Vitamins

Karen - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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At our last pediatrician appt the Dr recommended giving my 6 month old daughter poly-vi-sol multi-vitamins for iron supplement because Im still EBF her. Does anyone give their child a daily multi-vitamin and if so what kind? Because my daughter gags until she chokes or spits it up. And I do not mean strangling on it I mean she acts like it is so nasty to her she can't accept it lol. She has successfully taken other meds/supplements such as flouride drops and tylenol without choking. I personally think it is the yucky taste. Does anyone have a better tasting vitamin to suggest?

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Minnie - posted on 10/11/2009

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Neither of my girls nor myself have ever taken vitamins (even while I was pregnant). I choose not to complicate things with supplements. I know that we can get all we need from our diet and Vitamin D produced from sun exposure.



There's no reason to give a multivitamin- why don't people trust their bodies to nourish their infants? Even if you were malnourished your milk composition would be quite the same- only you would be affected.



Concerning iron- the iron in breastmilk has high bioavailability, meaning it's very easy for your baby to absorb and utilize. I choose to do baby-led solids. That means we let our daughter take the initiative to begin solids, going straight to table foods (we keep meats high on her list). Baby is very good at knowing what she needs- if she's not ready to pick up food and chew and swallow it herself, it's likely her body needs nothing but your own milk.



Concerning vitamin D- all it takes is half an hour of sun exposure a week, unclothed, two hours, clothed. During the summer months we get more exposure than necessary (unless you are maintaining a recluse lifestyle) and then our bodies store the additional Vitamin D in fat, for use during the dark, cold winter months when sun exposure is minimized.



It's a perfect system really. It's just up to us not to mess with it- let baby lead the way regarding introduction of solids (real food, not goo), keep a varied diet once that real food is introduced, and get the sun exposure necessary.

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Sarah - posted on 06/10/2014

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my pediatrician gave me sample of flavorplus medicine flavoring drops when i told him about the problem with my child refusing to take polyvisol..the grape flavor helped to offset the bad taste of the iron supplement and i felt it helped somehow.my child stopped being so fussy when its time to give it to him again

Rachel - posted on 10/12/2009

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I give my 6 month old poly vi sol with iron, he too does not like them and spits it out. I just hope he gets at least some of it down! I've mixed it with cereal, but he's not too keen on that trick. It smells awful and probably tastes just as bad. During the summer months he was outside alot so we skipped some days, but now it's dark and cold in MN so I try to give it to him everyday-successful or not. I also take a prenatal vitamin daily. I think if you just keep trying, your'e baby is bound to swallow some and a little is better than none right?

Rebecca - posted on 10/11/2009

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I disagree with some of the posts on here. I do beleve exclusively breastfed babies need iron supplementation after 6 months of age. You will need to make your choice in consulation with the pediatrician (who can give informed advice). The National Institute has this information available online to help you make informed decisions: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/iron.as...

Rebecca - posted on 10/11/2009

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While Vitamin D is in breastmilk it is not enough for bf babys that live in the northern hemisphere. In the winter months the earth does not recieve direct sunlight so even babys that are exposed to the sunlight they will not recieve any sig amount of vit D. As well to recieve the correct amount of vit D you need to notice a change in the pigment of the skin and most people will not put their baby out in direct sunlight for this to happen. That is why you need to supplement the vit D when EBF. The recomended dosage is a max of 1000 IUD a day with most daily dosages being 400 IUD a day. You now can get a more concentrated version of the D-Vi-Sol called D-Drops, instead of the 1mL a day dosage you just give one drop a day. As for the multivitamin you can get fruit flavored ones so that you are not having to mix the vit with something to cover the flavor. The Poly-Vi-Sol is not a very plesent smelling or tasting vit so I can totally see why you baby would not want to take it. I can also see why your Dr would want you to give your EBF baby an iron supplement. Although if a baby is exclusively breastfed, then baby is getting all the iron needed up to about the 6–9 month mark. Approximately 50% of the iron in breast milk is absorbed, and only 4% in infant cereals. Infants that are 0-6 months only require .27 mg a day of iron, infants that are 7-12 months require only 11 mg a day, 1-3yrs is only 7 mg a day. As for taking your prenatals it is actually not recomended about a month after baby is born as it contains to high dosages of the vitamins. And because you are no longer growing a fetus it is not needed. The amount of iron in a prenatal is usually around 28 mg a day, a breast feeding mom only needs 9mg a day! A mensturating woman only needs 18mg a day. I wouldnt worry about your baby being iron deficient if you are EBF until baby becomes a yr of age. More then likely you will have introduced foods to baby that contain iron, whether its cereals, or other iron rich foods. Vit C helps aid in absorbtion of iron so allow baby to have food rich in vit C as well to increase the iron absorbtion. Hope this helps, sorry its so long.... :)

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My baby is EBF also and our Ped recommended vitamin D since BM doesn't have enough for what babies need from what I was told. My baby hates the poly vi sol, gags and will puke. A friend recently suggested calling the Ped and they can give a script for a vit d and the pharmacy can flavor it for you (at Target I was told) and will taste better than the regular vitamins. I'm gonna try that since I can't get mine to take the others.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/10/2009

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My friend is a paediatrician and studying iron-def in babies. He said that while there is less iron in breast milk, it is more bio-available than the iron in formula. i.e. baby absorbs a higher % of the iron in b/m. So b/f bub is getting some iron, as long as mum has enough, but introduction of iron-rich food (or vitamins, I guess) are recommended at 6mths to supplement.

Stacy - posted on 10/10/2009

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They make the same vitamins but "fruit" flavored (over the counter) they supposedly taste a little better then the ( I am assuming because of what they gave us) the brown looking ones. I tried giving my daughter the poly... drops but she had the same reaction so I gave up and just increased my intake of whole milk. Hopes this helps :)

Terri - posted on 10/10/2009

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Yes, I give my baby Vitamin D made by Enfamil, it is for exclusively breastfeed babies. I have read that a mother;s breast milk does not produce enough vitamin D for baby. I have had several doctors recommend this. My LO has been on it for 9 months she is now alomost a year and still Breastfeed/solids no cow;s milk she is allergic. But she takes it fine. Hope this helps.

Carla - posted on 10/10/2009

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Quoting carla:

your babies iron reserves from birth start to run out at around 6 months and although iron is added to formula its not found in great amounts in breastmilk. Its why here in the UK we are advised not to leave weaning beyond 6 months. I dont give Aaron artificial supplements but give him pureed green leafy veg (such as broccoli) mixed with my milk to give him enough iron. On the other hand, many people argue that babies dont need as much iron as is thought and that breastmilk provides enough, its a personal decision.



When I say weaning I mean weaning onto solids, not stopping breastfeeding, that is encouraged much beyond 6 months!

Carla - posted on 10/10/2009

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your babies iron reserves from birth start to run out at around 6 months and although iron is added to formula its not found in great amounts in breastmilk. Its why here in the UK we are advised not to leave weaning beyond 6 months. I dont give Aaron artificial supplements but give him pureed green leafy veg (such as broccoli) mixed with my milk to give him enough iron. On the other hand, many people argue that babies dont need as much iron as is thought and that breastmilk provides enough, its a personal decision.

Karen - posted on 10/10/2009

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PS I should take the bottle to his office and ask him if he would swollow something that, in my opinion, smells and looks just like hamster vitamins lol.

Karen - posted on 10/10/2009

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Thanks....he never wanted me to give her vitamins before and he is supportive of breastfeeding. He always said as long as you get daily sun she doesn't need vitamin D supplements and as long as I eat balanced and take pre-natals she doesn't need multis. Why the sudden change I have no idea. I hate medicating or "supplementing" a child anyway unless absolutly necessary. Thanks for the help.

Shawna - posted on 10/09/2009

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I was told to give a vitamin D supplement that was it. I rarely gave it though. I figured my milk had EVERYTHING my baby needed. Then some days i was like well maybe he does need it so i would give it and some days i just forgot. Anyway he is 11 months now and thriving. He is doing very well... i am thinking of starting the tri bi sol mulit vitamins now because he is on solids and breastmilk and cow's milk sometimes. He is a very picky eater too thats why i am going to do this.
If the baby EBF then i wouldn't worry about multi vitamins. You should be taking the prenatal vitamins just a reminder :-)

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Our doctor also recommended the poly-vi-sol, but I very rarely give it. It smells and tastes awful. The only way I have been able to get my son to take it is mixed with applesause. I don't know of any better options, since it is the iron in it that makes it taste so bad. I'd say as long as you are nursing and she's getting a balanced diet as you introduce solids, it shouldn't be a big deal. My son's iron levels were just fine at his one year check-up, even though he'd only had the vitamins about a dozen times.

Klarisa - posted on 10/08/2009

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If you are exclusively breastfeeding, you baby doesn't need vitamins. Your body provides everything she needs naturally. I would just nod and say uh-huh and do what u think is best for your baby. Doctors aren't required to take more than a 1-2 day class on breastfeeding to get their license..

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