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    Default Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    I just took my daughter to her 2 month appointment (those 4 shots were traumatic, to say the least, but that's another story!) and because I'm exclusively BFing, the pediatrician prescribed me some infant vitamin drops that she should take every day. This morning, I gave them to her for the first time and she immediately threw them back up, crying.

    My question - are these vitamins really necessary? I'm already taking my prenatal vitamins every day - shouldn't she already get the necessary nutrients from my breast milk? Or should I continue to try to give them to her even though she seems to hate them? I'm just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.

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    Here's a link that might help you http://www.llli.org/FAQ/vitamin.html

    What sort of vitamins did the Dr say to take?

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    Default Re: Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    Thanks for the link! I should've checked the FAQ.

    It's just a multi-vitamin - they're called Poly-Vitamin drops. I've heard of babies needing extra Vitamin D, but not just a general multi-vitamin. She's a bit smaller than average (currently 9 lbs, 6oz and was born at 5 lbs, 8) but I don't see a reason why she'd need supplementary vitamins.

    It seems from what the LLL says that they're unnecessary.

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    Default Re: Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    i had a very small baby, and never heard anything about these drops. so maybe you will be okay without them. i'd ask your pedi why he/she thought your LO needed them.
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    Default Re: Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*kelmareuby View Post
    i'd ask your pedi why he/she thought your LO needed them.
    it seems like sometimes Dr's just do this for all babies regardless - so asking for specifics might help if your on the fence about it. I don't think that it's necessary for all babies all of the time - we as a human race have thrived thus far without Poly-Vitamin drops!

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    Default Re: Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    Mostly with the PPs, but there are some new recommendations on Vitamin D. This is the AAP paper on which the recommendation is based.

    Basically, if you rarely go outside, use sunblock as recommended, live at a high latitude or in a cloudy part of the globe, or your baby has dark skin color, Vit. D supplementation is probably a good idea.
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    Default Re: Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    The only vitamin supplement my doctor and my pediatrician want LO on is Vitamin D. We use D-Vi-Sol:

    Simply most people have a vitamin D deficiency and we don't pass enough vitamin D in our milk. So it's needed to supplement. If your diet is not balanced, you shouldn't need anything beyond the vitamin D for LO.
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    Default Re: Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    Thanks for all of the replies! I'll look into a Vitamin D supplement. Though we live in sunny Southern California, so once this rain we're having stops, I'm assuming a little outside time will be enough for her!

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    Default Re: Does my 2 month old need vitamins?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lisana View Post
    Thanks for all of the replies! I'll look into a Vitamin D supplement. Though we live in sunny Southern California, so once this rain we're having stops, I'm assuming a little outside time will be enough for her!
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    This is a great question. It can definitely be uncomfortable and confusing when your ped says your breastfed baby needs any type of supplement, too. Generally, for almost all healthy, full-term babies, vitamin supplements aren't necessary. (Some premature babies may need extra vitamins and minerals, though.) A few minutes of sunlight per day can give a baby enough vitamin D. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests vitamin D supplementation before six months of age "in selected groups of infants (for infants whose mothers are vitamin D deficient or those infants not exposed to adequate sunlight...)."

    Some babies *can* be at greater risk to develop a deficiency in vitamin D,
    increasing the chance of them getting a disease called rickets... Those who have dark skin, wear more clothing and sunscreen while outside, live somewhere where there isn't enough sun (like Alaska), live in an area with heavy pollution (pollution can block the sun's rays) or mom is vitamin D deficient herself. But, generally, most babies don't need any vitamin supplements.

    Here's some more info on vitamin supplementation for the breastfed baby...

    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBJulAug04p124.html
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAugSep03p75.html

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