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    Default Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    Hello everyone!

    My DD had her two month checkup today and I am happy to say that from her 8# 9oz. birth weight she is now 11# 12oz!! One issue that I had was my doctor prescribed her a vitamin supplement (I believe Vitamin D) and he said it would help aid her in calcium absorbtion (he also said Vitamin D comes from the sun and since it is winter time for us here in PA....this would be best for her to have.)
    Is this just a bunch of BS from a pill pushing Dr? I have never heard of anyone giving an exclusivley breast-fed baby a vitamin supplement... I thought she was going to be able to get all of that from breast milk???

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    Vitamin D supplementation can be necessary for some mothers and/or babies. Here is some information about it that may help you decide if they are right for you:

    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBvitamins.html

    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/index.html
    Tanya, LLL Leader and Mama to three wonderful kids

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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    My sis-in-law's ped prescribed one for her daughter. But when I asked my ped, she said if I continue take my prenatal vitamins then it is not needed as baby will get it via the BM.

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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    I live where the sun doesn't shine (well, it comes out about 3 days per week) but it's too darn cold and will be for a while still. The ped. wanted ds on vit. d drops. Here's something I read to help me weigh out whether or not to give them (which we did): http://www.llli.org/NB/NBJulAug04p124.html

    We got the ones made by Enfamil, I think. Some moms on this forum who've given them say that their lo's hated the flavor, but my ds didn't to mind them at all.

    Congrats on your precious little one's good bill of health!
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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    Here in Canada it's common practice to give vitamin D supplements.
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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    I waffled quite a bit on this before deciding NOT to give Vit D drops. We have light skin (very, very light), I take DS outside daily for a walk with his face and hands uncovered, and I take in a great deal of vit D through my vitamin supplement and lots of milk, etc. (not necessary, I'm just a dairy fiend). I discussed it with my ped at our last visit and decided that the risk for our family is not high enough to warrant supplementing his vit D.
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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    Here is a variety of information regarding vitamin D, rickets, and breastfeeding.


    Vitamin D Exclusively breastfed healthy, full-term infants from birth to six months who have adequate exposure to sunlight are not at risk for developing vitamin D deficiency or rickets. Rickets occurs because of a deficiency in sunlight exposure, not because of a deficiency in human milk.
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/vitamin.html


    Vitamin D deficiency occurs because of too little sunlight exposure, not because of a deficiency in human milk. Healthy full-term infants who are exclusively breastfed from birth to six months and who have adequate exposure to sunlight are not at risk for developing vitamin D deficiency or rickets. In addition, unless their mothers were vitamin D deficient during pregnancy, healthy, full-term infants are born with a supply of vitamin D that will last for two months in the absence of sun exposure. 13 In the presence of adequate sun exposure, fetal stores will last longer and can be augmented. Vitamin D produced via sun exposure, but not immediately needed, can be stored for later use.
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAugSep03p75.html



    There is no global consensus on how to prevent vitamin D deficiency or on how to screen for its presence among nurslings or their mothers.36, 37 In some countries, health agencies recommend supplementing all breastfed infants (universal supplementation), such as the AAP in the United States (19–71° N), the Ministry of Social Welfare (Socialstyrelsen-SOS) in Sweden (55–69° N), and the Canadian Paediatric Society in Canada (42–83° N).1, 38, 39 In other countries, health agencies recommend supplementing at-risk infants only (conditional supplementation), such as the Department of Health in the United Kingdom (50–61° N) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia (11–44° S).40, 41 The Ministry of Health in New Zealand (33–53° S) recommends supplements only in the case of a proven vitamin D deficiency.
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAugSep03p75.html

    Research has demonstrated that children are able to store several months worth of vitamin D when they are exposed to only a few hours of summer sunlight.8, 18, 48 Research has also shown that exclusively breastfed Caucasian infants under six months of age (39° N; Cincinnati, Ohio, US) maintain adequate vitamin D status when exposed to sunlight for 30 minutes per week (wearing a diaper only) or two hours per week (fully clothed without a hat).18 The sunlight exposure needed by darkly pigmented infants has not been adequately researched.
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAugSep03p75.html



    Here is a link to the AAP policy on vitamin D supplementation:
    http://aappolicy.aappublications.org...rics;111/4/908
    Infants who are breastfed but do not receive supplemental vitamin D or adequate sunlight exposure are at increased risk of developing vitamin D deficiency or rickets.1–3,12,13 Human milk typically contains a vitamin D concentration of 25 IU/L or less.14–16 Thus, the recommended adequate intake of vitamin D cannot be met with human milk as the sole source of vitamin D for the breastfeeding infant. Although there is evidence that limited sunlight exposure prevents rickets in many breastfed infants,17,18 in light of growing concerns about sunlight and skin cancer and the various factors that negatively affect sunlight exposure, it seems prudent to recommend that all breastfed infants be given supplemental vitamin D. Supplementation should begin within the first 2 months of life. As noted above, it is very difficult to determine what is adequate sunlight exposure for an individual breastfed infant. Additional research is suggested to more fully understand the factors underlying the development of vitamin D deficiency and rickets in some breastfed infants.
    What the above states is while it may not be neccessary for every infant, the AAP recommends prophylactic (preventative) vitamin D supplementation for every infant.


    If you are in doubt as to whether vitamin D supplements are needed and prefer not to give supplements "just in case" -- getting a blood test to determine the vitamin D status of you or your child is always an option.
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...vitamin-d.html (non-LLL resource)


    There is LOTS of information in the links I included above. If you need help filtering through it all, please don't hesitate to ask.

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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    We chose not to give Vitamin D supplements with our ds. Our family doctor didn't even recommend them with dd (we have a different physician now). We live in Montana.

    IMO, vitamin supplementation in general are just another method formula companies have of saying your milk isn't perfect, and it is. (Enfamil makes tri-vi-sol, just fyi).

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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    I was surprised my son was prescribed vitamins at the hospital after he was born; I discussed it with the pediatrician later (she's a mom & breastfed) & she said they regularly prescribe vitamins for vitamin D for babies born in fall/winter. She said it's unlikely that there would be any problem, especially because he's light skinned, but why take the chance. I give him the vitamins but if we miss a day or two I don't worry about it too much.

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    Default Re: Dr. prescribed vitamins for breast fed baby

    Didn't mention this before, but I did give DS vit. D supplements for about the first three months. After that point, though, we started getting out more often. If the winter had been colder I probably would have kept them up until it warmed up more.
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    DS born Sept. 21 '07, 8.5lbs
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    DD born Jan. 20, '09, 8lbs 14oz

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