Vitamin D Warning for BF Babies

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Vitamin D Warning for BF Babies
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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 1:15pm

Have you heard that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that breastfed babies get a Vitamin D supplement?

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 10:21pm

I use the same Carlson drops that Grace uses and they are awesome and so easy to use. I put one drop on my nipple before her first feeding and I'm done! At first, we were using the Enfamil Tri-vi-sol drops as recommended by our pedi (I didn't know there was anything else out there at the time) and it was always a battle to get Selin to take the dropper. It also stained and smelled horrible so no wonder she hated them! The Carlson drops have much less artificial flavoring and additives.


Ash - I used to forget to give Selin her drops so now I place the bottle at the edge of

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:59pm

You are welcome!

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:51pm

Wow thanks Melissa, you are such a great CM!

These articles are trying to make it sound like Vit D deficiency in women is uncommon, but from what I understand from my doctor(s), up to 80% of women could be deficient in Vit D (that might just be here in CT at the 42 Latitude), but I can see, based on this, why doctors might recommend a Vit D supplement for babies!

However I think it seems just as reasonable for the Mom to take a supplement and the baby to get it that way--taking a good dose of Vit D and C every day was highly recommended to me by my Chiropractor and I felt like my immune system was amazing after I started doing that, so I'll probably go back to it once the baby is born and hopefully they will be fine because of that.

Anyway, thanks for all the info!

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:43pm

That's a good question.

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:18pm
I would think that if the Mom is taking a Vitamin D supplement, it would also give the BF baby a boost. . . I normally (when I'm not pregnant) take 1600iu's a day. I would think the baby would just get it through my BM as long as I have plenty of extra . . . Or am I wrong?
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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:02pm

That's good to hear, I'm glad you included the new

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 2:55pm
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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 2:53pm
The infant ones are 400iu per a drop. According the ivillage link you posted that is what the AAP recommends. Maybe I linked an adult version or something? The bottle I have is definitely 400iu per drop.
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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 2:18pm
Thanks for the link Grace!

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 2:10pm
Here in Germany there are tablets that you are supposed to give (1 a day) You put it in their cheek and then breastfeed, but I constantly forget- I think I have remembered about 5 times in his whole life... bad mommy:( I think it would be easier if I didn't have to give it to him right before a feed though, and could just give it to him.
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