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#1 of 14 Old 10-29-2008, 11:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I keep thinking my baby probably gets enough sun so she doesn't need a supplement, but my mom thinks I should give her one just to be on the safe side. Her argument is that it won't hurt her.

Is there any medical reason not to give the supplement that anyone knows of?
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I never did for either baby because I just don't believe that breastmilk is suddenly deficient in nutrients.

If you do decide to supplement with a vitamin, make sure to read the ingredients. Many of the supplement drops marketed to infants are full of filler & artificial garbage.

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I didn't with my first, and am supplementing VitD with my DS after mroe thinking/research.
I live fairly far north, and I can truly say that even though we're outside a fair bit, I don't think it's enough. I do not think breast milk is "deficient" in any way, but I think they research is compelling enough to merit supplementing (ie the MS connection). This was not done lightly-we EBF, don't vax, etc., so it's not like I just say "Of course Dr." to everything my doc suggests.
I researched VitD drops thoroughly though-b/c as another poster pointed out, most are full of crap (why on earth are there cherry flavoured infant drops???). Here in Canada there's a product called "D Drops" and it's VitD (only!) in a veg oil base. From what I can tell, there's nothing else in there.

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I wouldn't give a supplement (and we live in the land of rain) except maybe a little cod liver oil (preferably with some butter oil) after they have started solids.

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I've read research that found that babies' vit D level increased when nursing mothers were given additional vit D. I'd rather supplement that way, and I take vit D drops.
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I've read research that found that babies' vit D level increased when nursing mothers were given additional vit D. I'd rather supplement that way, and I take vit D drops.
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There is a mothering Article on Vit D for babies.

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We need to be very cautious when professional organizations make broad policy statements that have huge health implications. Not all babies are at risk of developing rickets; too much vitamin D, in fact, can cause an excess amount of calcium in a baby's system, potentially leading to kidney or brain damage, lethargy, seizures, coma, pancreatitis, and cardiac arrhythmias. What happens if a baby is given an overdose of vitamin D drops?
http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...vitamin-d.html

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I didn't supplement at all when DS was a newborn because babies are born with stores of VitD and I didn't want to introduce anything to his system beside BM. In the summer we were out everyday and I hardly put sunscreen on, maybe 2-3 times the whole summer, and he was often without a hat so I felt he was able to get enough sun this way. Now that it is cold and gray here and impossible to go outside without being bundled up and with a hat on and he is now eating solids I supplement with the Ddrops, which are just Vit D in a carrier oil. If I lived in a climate that allowed us to be able to go out in shorts and t-shirts or even without a hat for 20 mins a day I probably wouldn't supplement. As soon as it is warm enough again here we will stop supplementing but that will not be for about 5 months or so.

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I didn't supplement at all when DS was a newborn because babies are born with stores of VitD and I didn't want to introduce anything to his system beside BM. In the summer we were out everyday and I hardly put sunscreen on, maybe 2-3 times the whole summer, and he was often without a hat so I felt he was able to get enough sun this way. Now that it is cold and gray here and impossible to go outside without being bundled up and with a hat on and he is now eating solids I supplement with the Ddrops, which are just Vit D in a carrier oil. If I lived in a climate that allowed us to be able to go out in shorts and t-shirts or even without a hat for 20 mins a day I probably wouldn't supplement. As soon as it is warm enough again here we will stop supplementing but that will not be for about 5 months or so.
Did you ever have issues with sunburn?
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Never supplemented anything here.

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I never did for either baby because I just don't believe that breastmilk is suddenly deficient in nutrients.
The AAP, LLL and kellymom disagree with you.

OP, you're pretty far north, and winter is coming on. You can get just vitamin D in corn oil or sesame oil, or you can supplement yourself (I think 2000IU a day?)

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If I lived in a climate that allowed us to be able to go out in shorts and t-shirts or even without a hat for 20 mins a day I probably wouldn't supplement.
Actually, in winter at some latitudes there simply isn't enough energy in the sun for most of the day to make enough vit D, even if you're lying naked in it.
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There is a mothering Article on Vit D for babies.



http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...vitamin-d.html
That. Exactly.

I have never given a vit. D supplement and neither did my mother to me or my 3 brothers and neither did she or her 6 siblings and none of us has had any Vit D. related problems.

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Did you ever have issues with sunburn?
Nope, DS had a nice light tan but he did not get any redness at all. His dad and I do not easily burn either, we are both dark haired and DH is a bit olive toned but I am fair.

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Is there any reason not to give a baby a Vitamin D supplement? (or any supplement?) Yes there is a reason! It is that nature designed the perfect food for babies -- breastmilk -- and that is sufficient! That is enough. That is exactly what, and everything, your baby needs. Trust nature!
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