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does anyone supplement their baby with vitamins? Ive heard that there is concern for vit D deficiency? any suggestions or experience? I strictly breastfeed.

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Asked by calliesmommie at 10:50 PM on Jan. 6, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If YOU take the vits, your baby will get them. Take at least 2000 IUs a day of Vit D. :)

    Answer by Autumn22 at 11:01 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • Just make sure your baby is getting some sunlight. Your baby needs very little ( 30 minutes a week I believe) to get all the vit d she needs.

    "Unless your baby has special nutritional needs (for example, a tiny premie), you don't need to give vitamin supplements. When fed by a healthy mother, a healthy, full-term baby who is getting enough breastmilk does not need vitamin or iron supplements.

    In the past, there has been concern about possible low levels of different vitamins and minerals in mother's milk, including vitamin D and iron. This led to the routine prescription of vitamin supplements for breastfeeding babies. Newer research has shown that sufficient amounts of these nutrients are found in human milk, in forms readily used by infants."

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 11:21 PM on Jan. 6, 2009


    Here is another good link with vitamin D info.

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 11:24 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • I give them to my son because a medication he takes prevents the absorption of iron so I give him extra to help with it. From what my doctor says you don't pass vitamin d to your baby it comes from being in the sun and she recommended the vitamins even if he wasn't on the medication.

    Answer by britni11 at 11:36 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • vitamin d is also present in sunlight, even the sunlight that comes through a window.
    vitamin supplements are not necessary unless your doctor has done specific testing and suggested them as a result.

    Answer by heatherama at 12:31 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

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