I was surprised last night to see so many "mainstream" baby sites recommending a Vit D supplement daily for breast fed babies. My LC never mentioned this, nor did my midwife or pediatrician. I'm a little peeved and wondering what others do... My baby is 4 months old and I'm worried now that he's been missing out on something important.
I heard about a study recently that said that taking vitamin D supplements does not provide a health benefit for adults. I think they were saying it works better to get it through natural sources. Everyone kind of jumped on a Vitamin D bandwagon for a while. My Dr. recommended I take one a few years ago after learning that many adults are deficient.
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I live in cold, snowy, very overcast (read NO SUN through the winter) Central NY. I supplement with Vitamin D myself, as my levels were ridiculously low and I was symptomatic (fatigue, mild depressive symptoms, low energy, etc.). It has made a huge difference for me! I also do supplement DS, though like Pokey, I often forget so it is not truly daily. I use these http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Ddrops%C2%AE-400-IU-drops/dp/B003CT36NE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392302131&sr=8-1&keywords=vitamin+d+baby+drops which you place on your nipple or in a bottle of expressed milk (one drop, once a day). These have only Vitamin D in Coconut Oil, no preservatives, flavorings or fillers. My understanding is that the D supplement recommendations are for EBF infants living in Northern climates where lack of sun exposure, especially during the winter months, and/or if you and/or baby are very dark skinned (which can reduce D absorption) has led to Vit D deficiency (ie Rickets). Your skin is designed to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight, we are not meant to take an oral supplement and absorb Vit D through our GI system. Sunlight is definitely the preferred source but I would need to be outside with baby for 15-20 min per day (fully clothed) to receive adequate sunlight to generate the D levels he needs. Nearly naked in a diaper is not even an option! Even fully clothed is just not possible with our sub zero temps this time of year and that is why opted to supplement. This is the Kellymom link: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/vitamin-d/
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I take vit d every few days in the winter, liquid form. I don't give it to ds. I don't want to give it to him, then what if he already has enough and then it's too much. Course we live in the south so get our sun in. I like how the sun breakdown is on kellymom. If someone has a cold, everyone takes d daily till gone, except baby.