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Thread: Multivitamin supplement - how to give if EBF?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010

    Default Multivitamin supplement - how to give if EBF?


    My pedi said to give baby (almost 5 weeks) Poly-Vi-Sol multivitamin drop (one ML per day).

    How can we do this, other than dispensing it directly in his mouth (one method the package indicates) if I am exclusively breast feeding?

    - in the earlier weeks, we were supplementing with some formula in a bottle so we dropped it in there (baby had jaundice, so we needed to supplement)

    - then we started to EBF, and I was experimenting with my pump so I tried (2 nights) to give the baby one bottle of expressed BM with the multi-vitamin dropped in. He seemed to have nipple confusion (or so I think).

    Any suggestions?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Multivitamin supplement - how to give if EBF?

    I suggest using the dropper method, and giving the vitamins to the baby in the bath, since they stain. Try to get the dropper deep into his mouth- if you dispense the liquid in the front of his mouth he'll probably spit it out. It tastes pretty nasty!

    5 weeks is pretty early to do multivitamin supplementation. Breastmilk contains all the vitamins/minerals your baby needs, with the possible exception of Vitamin D. You can just give Vitamin D drops if you prefer.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Multivitamin supplement - how to give if EBF?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2010

    Default Re: Multivitamin supplement - how to give if EBF?

    Yeah, I would second the dropper. It's pretty easy ( as long as they are not crying hysterically )

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Default Re: Multivitamin supplement - how to give if EBF?

    Is there a reason your pedi is suggesting vitamin supplements? Does your LO have a vit deficiency or is this something he/she recommends across the board for all patients? breastmilk has everything your baby needs with the exception of vit D as said before. But if you aren't vit d deficient your milk will have enough of that too.

    Have you had your levels checked? It's a simple blood test to see if you need to take supplements and then your baby will get the vitamins through your milk. I take a multivitamin, 500 mg of vit c and 4000 iu of vit d3 daily but don't supplement LO with anything. He still nurses quite frequently so I know he is getting everything he needs through my milk.

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