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    Question Polyvisol vitamins

    Our pedi reccomended we give dd these daily because of the lack of vitamin d in bm. thought bm had everything baby needed. Anybody else use these?


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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    It's true the American Association of Pediatrics recommends a Vit. D supplement for bfed babies. But it also depends on the amount of sunlight your LO gets and other factors:
    Does my baby need extra Vitamin D?

    Also, poly-visol has a lot more in it other than Vit. D that IMO a bfed baby does not need. IMO all that extra stuff, especially the iron, can mess with baby's digestion etc.

    The problem is that Vit. D ONLY supplements are not widely available in the U.S. even though they are the only supplement that the AAP recommends. It makes no sense. But I was able to find one that I like for my DD since we live far north:
    Carlson Labs Baby D-Drops

    Molly

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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    We used them for a while (without iron). It smells bad and God help you if it gets on your clothes but he didn't seem to mind it. We normally mixed it in with the bottle of EBM he had in the mornings when I was at work.

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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    If you are able to get your baby in direct sunlight for 10 minutes a day (not through a window), that is all you really need to get Vit D. Excellent advice from the PP's!
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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    Our pedi recommended it forevery day last winter because 1) Birmingham can be awfully dreary/gray in the winter and 2) we were not inclined to be outside due to exhaustion and she was so very little the cold would have gone right through her. Instead, I did it every OTHER day and took her outside on days when it was in the 50s or 60s (which happens at times in Alabama during winter ).

    We stopped using it sometime around April. we started using it again recently because she is small for her age -- not in height or head circumference, but she's downright skinny and underweight. At present I amdoing the every-other-day thing but may increase it to every day as the days get shorter.

    It does smell bad but is allegedly fruit flavored. When she was real little, she didn't notice the difference in the taste of pumped BM so much (or didn't care). Now she notices and at times outright rejects it. So I have the feeling the PolyViSol doses won't last much longer.

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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mollyb View Post
    It's true the American Association of Pediatrics recommends a Vit. D supplement for bfed babies. But it also depends on the amount of sunlight your LO gets and other factors:
    Does my baby need extra Vitamin D?

    Also, poly-visol has a lot more in it other than Vit. D that IMO a bfed baby does not need. IMO all that extra stuff, especially the iron, can mess with baby's digestion etc.

    The problem is that Vit. D ONLY supplements are not widely available in the U.S. even though they are the only supplement that the AAP recommends. It makes no sense. But I was able to find one that I like for my DD since we live far north:
    Carlson Labs Baby D-Drops
    I don't think breastfed babies need all that extra stuff either. Just Vit D if you live in a climate where its now winter and dark etc... I just give my lo vit D too. Carlsons is great as is Just D... www.sunlightvitamins.com

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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    my ped has us giving dd a multi that has D, A , C and fluoride, he said after 6mo they need the fluoride and with it being winter she won't be in direct sunlight and extra C help prevent illness and A helps the body absorb the C. We just do 1ml every morning after bf.
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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    Definetly can't do direct sunlight most days her in St. Louis. It's downright cold here, and will stay that way for quite a while. I'm going to look into the vitamin d only supplement. We're currently using the Polyvisol without iron. They do stink. I make sure to give them to her when she is undressed too. It stains bad!


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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    The D-drops don't stink or stain or anything. They are a clear, tasteless liquid and you just put a drop on your nipple when your LO is nursing. My DD doesn't even notice.
    I tried giving my DD1 polyvisol when she was a baby once-with ebm- and she projectile vomited it.

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
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    Default Re: Polyvisol vitamins

    We also used the Just D from Sunlight vitamins and were much happier than the polyvisol. I only used in the winter when it was hard to get lo out, but we also live in Fla. We just started on the polyvisol w/iron because she needs the iron, & yes they stink and taste yucky. Plus, the iron can constipate them, so if you do use polyvisol, I wouldn't get the kind with iron unless your lo has low iron, cuz constipation is no fun.
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