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    Default Vitamin D Supplementing

    Has anyone used the Vitamin Shoppe brand vitamin D supplements?

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    We used Carlson Baby D-Drops.

    Molly

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    Default Re: Vitamin D Supplementing

    Are the Carlson vitamins FDA approved?

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    Just curious...why are you giving vit D supplements? I just read an article about how it isn't needed. Am I missing something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*3boysmomma View Post
    Just curious...why are you giving vit D supplements? I just read an article about how it isn't needed. Am I missing something?
    Here is this.

    Media Release:
    La Leche League International Encourages Mothers to Recognize Importance of Vitamin D

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    (October 16, 2008) Schaumburg, IL - La Leche League International encourages all mothers to recognize the importance of vitamin D to the health of their children. Recent research shows that due to current lifestyles, breastfeeding mothers may not have enough vitamin D in their own bodies to pass to their infants through breastmilk.

    In October 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that infants receive 400 IU a day of vitamin D, beginning in the first few days of life. Children who do not receive enough vitamin D are at risk for rickets and increased risk for infections, autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

    Vitamin D is mainly acquired through exposure to sunlight and secondarily through food. Research shows that the adoption of indoor lifestyles and the use of sunscreen have seriously depleted vitamin D in most women. The ability to acquire adequate amounts of vitamin D through sunlight depends on skin color and geographic location. Dark-skinned people can require up to six times the amount of sunlight as light-skinned people. People living near the equator can obtain vitamin D for 12 months of the year while those living in northern and southern climates may only absorb vitamin D for six or fewer months of the year.

    For many years, La Leche League International has offered the research-based recommendation that exclusively breastfed babies received all the vitamin D necessary through mother’s milk. Health care professionals now have a better understanding of the function of vitamin D and the amounts required, and the newest research shows this is only true when mothers themselves have enough vitamin D. Statistics indicate that a large percentage of women do not have adequate amounts of vitamin D in their bodies.

    La Leche League International acknowledges that breastfeeding mothers who have adequate amounts of vitamin D in their bodies can successfully provide enough vitamin D to their children through breastmilk. It is recommended that pregnant and nursing mothers obtain adequate vitamin D or supplement as necessary. Health care providers may recommend that women who are unsure of their vitamin D status undergo a simple blood test before choosing not to supplement.
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    Default Re: Vitamin D Supplementing

    No, I don't believe the Carlson drops are FDA approved but I use them and know others who do too and have had no issues. They taste like nothing. So much easier than the tri-visol. The other ingredient besides Vitamin D is fractioned coconut oil


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    I don't think vitamin supplements are "approved" by the FDA, they just have to meet the labeling requirements.
    http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySuppl.../ucm110417.htm

    Molly

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    just my 2 cents
    If you have a walk outside everyday with your child (even if it's cloudy)you are pretty sure you'll both get enough vit D.that is what my ped says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*elimaka View Post
    just my 2 cents
    If you have a walk outside everyday with your child (even if it's cloudy)you are pretty sure you'll both get enough vit D.that is what my ped says.
    Ah yes, but w/o sunscreen and lots of skin exposed. Sun is truly the best way to make vit D if you can.
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    We live in Wisconsin so we do the supplements in the wintertime. My understanding is that the UV index does not get high enough for the body to produce Vit. D. even if we do get outside in the winter here.

    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
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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