I've read a lot of contradictory information about vitamin D. Everyone agrees that it is not in the breast milk and that it is really important. There seems to be disagreement, however, in how much sun exposure is necessary for adequate natural vitamin D intake. Some say as little as 20 minutes a day, 4-5 times a week, 4-5 months a year. Others say that research indicates vitamin D supplementation has been associated with really great later in life health. I didn't worry about it during the summer and fall (my LO was born in May), but now it has been cold, wet, and gloomy outside for weeks. He is 7 months old, and we gave him his first bit of solids this evening (peas). I bought the Vitamin D supplement at the store (Tri-Vi-Sol), and I gave him a little. But now I'm second-guessing myself.
I'm also wondering about iron. I delayed solids until month 7, because I know that babies exclusively breast fed that long do not appear to develop anemia. Now that he has had maybe a quarter teaspoon of peas this evening, I am for the first time worrying (probably irrationally) about whether or not he will get enough iron. I think I might just emotionally be dealing with this new situation of no longer EBF. For 7 months I have delighted in imagining a pristine bacterial balance in his gut, but that is not exactly the same anymore and I don't know exactly how. Be that as it may, he hated the peas. I'm worried he won't get enough nutrients now since he, unlike my first child who gobbled down the iron-fortified rice cereal on the first try, appears to be more reluctant with the food. So I'm wondering if I should I supplement? I can't find any research regarding the effects of iron supplementation after 7 months.