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Vit D supplementing?

My doctor recommends we do Vit D supplementing for baby. What are you mama's doing? I've been taking it myself, but haven't found research that says it goes through the breastmilk yet.
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My doctor recommends we do Vit D supplementing for baby. What are you mama's doing? I've been taking it myself, but haven't found research that says it goes through the breastmilk yet.
Huh. Did your Dr. say why? Does your LO have jaundice issues?

The ped. I saw a week ago didn't say anything about supplementing, and Ellie had some issues with her bilirubin number initially being borderline high. Then again, he is the same one who recommended I let my 8 day old cry it out, so he's probably not the best source of info...

I'm interested in seeing what others say....
post #63 of 408
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My doctor recommends we do Vit D supplementing for baby. What are you mama's doing? I've been taking it myself, but haven't found research that says it goes through the breastmilk yet.
We do Vit D... I think they put it in formula, but my ped recommends it for exclusive breastfeeding... did it with my daughter, too. B/c it apparently does not pass through milk. If you get plenty of sunshine it may not be totally necessary, but I'm not convinced that we get enough.
post #64 of 408
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Then again, he is the same one who recommended I let my 8 day old cry it out
that still stuns me. outrageous.
post #65 of 408
Vitamin D is passed through breastmilk but only in small amounts. However, like iron, it is in a form that is highly usable by baby unlike supplements. We live in Canada, and even in the winter we do not supplement with vitamin D. It is recommended for all breastfed infants for the small percentage of babies who will need it (like vitamin K at birth is). There is lots of good information here: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...vitamin-d.html

Babies are born with stores that are laid down during pregnancy to last them the first couple of months. I actually had my own vitamin D levels checked during pregnancy this time just to see if I was deficient. I wasn't... in fact my levels were above the range that they look for. So I feel confident that he got adequate stores from me during pregnancy and that he'll continue to get some through my milk now. Plus we are outside walking a lot. And even if baby is all covered up with only their face showing they only need 15-20 minutes a day, and it doesn't have to be every day because the body stores it. Even in the winter we end up outside that much (not always even all at once... five minutes here, fives minutes there).

I don't think there is harm in it, I just also don't see a point so we skip it. Definitely a personal decision to be reached though based on your own situation
post #66 of 408
My ped just rec'd Vit D as well for my EBF baby, but I remember that it's a fairly new guideline. I found it kind of hilarious that my ped rec'd it, because we live in Arizona.
When I had DS1 in 2007, there was no mention of vit D, and he was pretty jaundiced - I was told to just give him some sun.
Sigh.. gotta love the US medical establishment... why use the sun when supplements can be sold?
post #67 of 408
I had my one week postpartum visit today (he's six days old). Baby and I both checked out perfectly. He's already above his birth weight by 3 ounces... he's up to 9lbs 8oz! I'm thrilled to have another baby that is doing so well right from the start. My first did, but then my second was born early for me (38 weeks, but he wasn't cooked fully) and he had weight gain issues at the start and also jaundice. Neither of those are problems with Malachi, which I am so grateful for.

I can't believe that I was in labour this time a week ago. My water was just being broken. It's so weird how time goes after you have a newborn.
post #68 of 408
I am savouring every moment of this newborn stage. The past 6 days have been a blur of wonderful chaos. Elias is nursing well, so well that my milk was in the next day. The older boys love him and are always giving him kisses and cuddles.
After my experience with ds2 Elias is a breeze. The 1-1.5 hrs between feeds is a dream compared to the every 20-30 mins that was my last newborn experience. I can even set him down sometimes too, and today he fell asleep on his own while watching ds2 play. He still sleeps on my chest which wasn't really the plan (I'd prefer he'd sleep beside me) but I have to admit I'm loving having a newborn cuddled in skin to skin with me. I know for most people he would still appear to be a pretty high needs babe, but in my perspective it's lovely. Remind me of this post if my mind changes in the nest couple weeks!
I'm pretty sure he does have a dairy issue though. I wasn't comsuming much but did have a couple fudgesicles and a sandwich with cheese around the time of birth. He was extremely gassy (foul smelling), crazy fussy, and had some nasty pure mucous poops in the first few days. I haven't had any dairy since the day of his birth and things are much much better.
As for the vit D we aren't doing it right now. I may change my mind come flu season and give it as a protective factor.
Laurski...I would run fast from a ped who told me to let my newborn cio. I'm hoping to switch our family to a Dr I found that shares a lot of our parenting views/values, but I'm not sure I can make it happen.
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I am savouring every moment of this newborn stage. The past 6 days have been a blur of wonderful chaos. Elias is nursing well, so well that my milk was in the next day. The older boys love him and are always giving him kisses and cuddles.
This is us too Our sons were born on the same day and my milk was in the next day too and our two older boys are totally in love. They fight over who gets to hold him next I couldn't have asked for a better transition for them
post #70 of 408
Hey ladies! My ped didn't recommend vit d, but did ask if I drank milk because "in order to make good milk you need plenty of calcium and vit d"

My little man is 2.5 days old and our milk came in early morning. He has been nursing so well, and I think we are finally out of meconium! He has been a pleasure to be around and so easy going! It is amazing!
post #71 of 408
jules- hope things are improving for you.
christine- GL unpacking.

Vitamin D - I'm sure the nurse will be bringing some over next week. D drops are a normal recommendation in a place with 12 hours of sunlight in December.
I don't give them in the summer.

I am in quite a bit of pain. I can feel the stitches healing and pulling and my butt hurts like...well, like I pooped out the whole planet. It started on day 6 and we're on day 9 today. It's hopefully going to get better soon.
post #72 of 408
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Today is the first day I'm totally alone with a newborn and a toddler.

Wish me luck.
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Today is the first day I'm totally alone with a newborn and a toddler.

Wish me luck.
OMG! Good luck! Mine is on Monday. I'm trying not to think about it.
post #74 of 408
Mind if I join you all?

We're now 6 days out. Anna is pretty dreamy - I feel like I'm enjoying her much more than I enjoyed ODD. I'm just not scared of her the way that I was scared of ODD. It's nice having confidence. lol. She's sleeping pretty well - gave me two 3.5hrs stretches and one 2hr stretch last night. Not too shabby. And, she's not having any trouble sleeping on her back in the cosleeper. ODD slept in her carseat for 7 weeks!

Me, I'm recovering pretty fast physically but emotionally I'm kind of a mess. I know that it's my hormones going crazy but it's hard to remember that. Hopefully this will even out soon.
post #75 of 408
Kelly--Good luck today!

Good to know about Vit. D. We don't see the ped. (a different one in the practice, the one we interviewed originally and we like much better) for another 2 weeks, so I'll have to ask then. Until then, I guess it's a good prescription for lots of walks!
post #76 of 408
Caught a whole lot of poops and pees yesterday. Yay Ella! I'm also learning her signals when she cries and fusses a bit better, and I think the growth spurt is done. Right now she's all full of milk lying next to me. I'm really loving the side lying nursing, it's so much easier for night time feeding. Oh, and I took her for a walk in the ring sling for the first time yesterday. So cuddly and cozy!
post #77 of 408
Had 2-week checkup yesterday. Midwife said everything looked fine w/me. DS is still jaundiced although his bili levels aren't high enough to need special treatment. They had to redo his PKU heels stick b/c they didn't get enough blood at the 2-day visit (even though they stuck both heels). So he got lots of pokes.

He was back to birthweight by 4 days and yesterday at 13 days was up 1 pound 6 ounces from his lowest at 2 days PP, so his weight gain is great. Lots of pees and poops. So they said they aren't really worried about the jaundice unless his pees and poops start going down or he gets really lethargic. Of course, just after we left the birth center his poops seemed to start being more scanty and green. I hope it doesn't mean anything bad but isn't it funny how issues always seem to pop up *just* after you leave the midwife/doctor's office? Like, why coudn't his poop have gotten weird a couple hours earlier so I could have mentioned it to the mw? Anyway, if it doesn't get better in a day or so I'll call them back and I guess I would have to do a big trek back there and they would probably take more blood from him.

Also, spent the morning in urgent care getting an infected finger lanced and drained. Wow, that hurt worse than birth, I think. I think the nurse backed off from draining everything b/c she could tell it hurt so much (and she did give me a Lidocaine injection before). Although the finger hurt so bad I would have agreed to go through anything to get rid of the pain. I couldn't even sleep last night and when it started turning blackish this morning I decided to go in.

Now I have a huge bandage on my throbbing finger, the nurse wouldn't prescribe me any painkillers b/c I am bf'ing (WTF?! but maybe I won't need them now that most of the infection has been drained). Diaper changes, meal prep, showers etc. not sure exactly how they are going to happen. They gave me abx (probably very needed) but I hope they don't give me a YI or thrush. And I'm paranoid about the infection b/c I've never had anything like this.... is there staph floating around my house?? It kills me to think about DS or DD getting an infection, even worse if they catch it from my now-oozing finger. I asked the nurse to culture it so maybe I'll get some more info.

Thank goodness DH is still off work and can help. He stayed in the car with DS while I was at the urgent care place so DS wouldn't have to come in with all the sick people there. OK, off to maybe get a quick nap. I have a serious case of the grumpies and I think some sleep could help.
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So yesterday went great, whew!

Ozzy napped a good chunk of the day so that Em and I could run around in the yard. Then we went to the Farmer's Market, my first real outing by myself with both of them... Em ran around for a bit because there weren't many people there, then I put her in the umbrella stroller to go over to the CVS, and Oz snuggled in the ring sling the whole time. Went really well! In the afternoon we did some more yard time while Ozzy hung out in his swing outside with us. Then went in and made a real dinner (!!!) and even made some bread to go with it. The diapers got washed and even got the house clean after Em went to bed. Feeling a bit like superwoman.

NAK at the moment while Emma eats her breakfast. Time to do it all over again, rotfl.
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Now I have a huge bandage on my throbbing finger, the nurse wouldn't prescribe me any painkillers b/c I am bf'ing (WTF?! but maybe I won't need them now that most of the infection has been drained). Diaper changes, meal prep, showers etc. not sure exactly how they are going to happen.
Ouch that sucks
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Kelly....you give me hope for this weekend when its me alone with all three. I just worry because Elias does not give me long between feedings. Luckily the boys have been great at understanding that they need to wait sometimes (often), but I don't want them to feel like that is the constant response.
tribord...I'm sorry to hear about the finger. That sounds really painful, and definitely not good timing.
Jules....I'm impressed with how well ECing is going for you guys already.

Elias seems to like the every hour feedings all night. Luckily he is pretty quick and efficient so it isn't too bad. His frequent eating had him up 8oz from his bw in 8 days, so that is pretty good.
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