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    Question Vitamin D supplement?

    My DS is now 3 mos. I just read that the AAP reccomends that all EBF babies should have oral vitamin D supplements until they are consuming D-fotified milk (which would not be until after they are at least 12 mos old). Have I completely missed this? Our ped. has never mentioned this to us nor have I read this in any other BF literature. Is anyone out there supplementing with vit D? Is it prescription or OTC?

    Jennifer
    Amazed and Proud mom of Luke (Lucas) - 4/5/2006; 9 lbs 12 oz , 22in
    Wife to best friend Carl - 11/4/2001

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    Default Re: Vitamin D supplement?

    I recently saw that too. My doc hasn't said anything about it, so I'm not really worrying about it. Isn't that the vitamin that we get from sunlight? Here in Phoenix we have no shortage of that!

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    Default Re: Vitamin D supplement?

    You get it otc. It is a small bottle of drops. From what i know it is to prevent jaundice. it is important cuz newborns don't get enough sun. and you can't measure how much they get from the sun.

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    Default Re: Vitamin D supplement?

    I posted a question on this a couple of months ago and got some very helpful responses. You might want to take a look at this thread:
    http://lalecheleague.org/vbulletin/s...5266#post15266

    Vitamin D supplements are supposed to prevent rickets and the AAP seems to have gone back and forth on it, hence the confusion. They now recommend supplements for babies since they also recommend no sun exposure, which is where people make up any deficit in vitamin D in the diet. I do give vitamin D drops occasionally, since I use a hefty dose of sunscreen (Mustela brand, which is pretty natural), but I know that a lot of breastfeeding moms don't think it's necessary. The whole issue is very confusing but probably not something to get too alarmed about.

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    Default Re: Vitamin D supplement?

    Sometimes pediatricians wait until the 4mo visit to bring it up because they know so many moms (very unfortunately) fail with breast feeding by then. (And there is plenty of vitamin D in formula). It's probably a good idea to give it since rickets is a pretty troublesome disease (may interfere with walking, gross motor skills, lots of doctor visits, etc.) and the vitamin D is not harmful. The most recent AAP guidelines recc 1/2 a cc (0.5ml) per day of the typical formulation. It is more important for dark skinned babies in low daylight states/countries and those who are covered in strong sunscreen or clothing to block the sun (which is also a good idea).

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    Default Re: Vitamin D supplement?

    We skipped the supplements and our ped never brought it up.

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    Default Re: Vitamin D supplement?

    Vitamin D supplements are not always neccessary. It's a good idea to look at the guidelines and discuss your options with your baby's doctor.

    The following is some info to start you off on your research:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/vitamin.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug04p124.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBvitamins.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...vitamin-d.html

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    Default Re: Vitamin D supplement?

    My pedi recommended them. I give DD Tri-vi-sol each day. I have a friend who never gave supplements and her DD is just fine. Whatever your doc recommends is probably best way to go.

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