I just got back from my 7-day-old baby's well check. I am breastfeeding him. (I didn't BF my first, however, so this is new for me.) The ped recommended a D supplement, which is apparently what they recommend now for all BF'ing babies. I tried looking up past posts on this and am still unsure about this. I live on the East Coast and as of right now it is 40 degrees outside with a chance of snow. I surely can't take my newborn outside to get sunlight in this weather. I wanted to see what others do regarding this. The ped recommended D Vi-Sol, which I wouldn't give because of the ingredients, lots of artificial crap in it. I didn't know if there was a good supplement out there or if a newborn even NEEDS this type of supplementation, but what if he's not getting a ton of sunlight, as I mentioned above? (He will be able to get sun exposure in the warmer months though, like April, just not right now.) I am definitely on board with keeping things as natural as possible but I'm having a hard time weeding out what is truly necessary and what's not!
My other question would be are there risks with giving a D supplement that I need to be aware of? I notice many are against giving a D supplement and am just wondering why that is and if there is something I need to know. I give my 3-year-old a D3 supplement in the wintertime to keep his immune system up to par since he can't get much sun, but I never gave him supplementation as a newborn and would never have expected to have to do such a thing, especially when I am BF'ing this time around.
Edited by SilverMoon010 - 2/8/12 at 11:56am