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    My baby spent 3 days in NICU. Upon d/c the neonatologist prescribed poly-vi-sol stating breast fed babies need the supplement. I gave it once: it smells awful, baby choked, seems constipated and may have had an allergic reaction....

    Anyone have info or thoughts on the need for the supplement? I don't think I want to use it if this is what baby has to deal with....

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    That stuff is disgusting. It is unecessary (unless there is perhaps some unusual condition) and I woudn't use it. The only vitamin supplement breastfed babies might need is vitamin D. Adequate sunlight exposure with respect to skin tone produces vitamin D naturally, but if your baby doesn't get much sunlight or you have very dark skin you should consider a supplement. Carlson Labs makes an infant vitamin D supplement that only requires a single drop which you can simple put on your nipple before nursing.

    If the neonatologist recommended it for a specific reason, then maybe it is warranted. However if it was recommended as something that all breastfed babies need, then it is not needed.
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    with the PP. I would add only that if your baby was premature or you are yourself anemic, an iron supplement may be a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    I would add only that if your baby was premature or you are yourself anemic, an iron supplement may be a good idea.
    Good point! I would have iron levels checked if you have reason for concern before giving a supplement though. Iron supplements tend to be constipating, and that can be a real pain. My son is on an iron supplement and although I wouldn't dream of not giving it to him, it does add a layer of complexity when it comes to feeding and elimination concerns.
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    If the pediatrician is more concerned with vitamin D and you do want to use something, Tri-Vi-Sol is only A,D, and C and goes down a whole lot better (for whatever reason it is less like horse pill smell and more like melted cherry candy). It's still not always necessary, especially as your baby is a summer baby, but if you're after the Vitamin D it may be a good compromise since it also does not have the iron that may constipate baby.

    What makes you think allergic reaction? That part may warrant a call to the ped.

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    Thanks for all the info. The allergic part is that he seems to be getting hives. He gets one or two at a time, and they go away.... Nothing else. Ive been watching for swollen lips etc. I am not convinced its to the med now, i wonder if it's from something I'm eating/ drinking, like milk. That is probably a whole new thread.

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