My pediatrician prescribed vitamin supplements for DD when she was a newborn, not based on any vitamin deficiency in HER but just as part of his view of preventive medicine. I was not prescribed any vitamins for DS (who had a different doctor when he was an infant) and thought it was odd that my ped prescribed them for DD. I did try giving the vitamin to DD once, actually only a fourth of the dose, and she puked it up. I simply did not give it to her anymore, I really did not think she needed it although I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t really gather much info to back that up at the time (DD is now almost 1 so this is no longer an issue).
From what I’ve learned recently, it appears that giving a breastfed baby iron supplements, at least for the first 6 months, is actually BAD because it interferes with the absorption of the more bioavailable iron in BM. So, I’m glad I went with my gut on that score.
My question is, what about B vitamins and Vitamin D? Should these be given to breastfed babies at all? Keep in mind, I live in Wisconsin, where babies don’t get much sunlight in the winter.
I would appreciate personal input as well as any references to authorities on this issue.