The amount of sun exposure needed to maintain adequate 25 hydroxyvitamin D levels in the normal range in the breastfed infant is as follows:
Summer time _ infant wearing only a diaper _ 30 minutes per week
Winter time _ clothed infant not wearing a hat _ 2 hours per week
|The amount of sun exposure needed to maintain adequate 25 hydroxyvitamin D levels in the normal range in the breastfed infant is as follows|
|Higher levels of melanin, a natural sun screen, requires more exposed sunlight than white skinned populations to produce the same amount of vitamin D. And in white-skinned infants the application of sunscreen blocks the synthesis of vitamin D after ultraviolet radiation.|
We cover our son up as appropriate for the weather and usually get out of the house at least once a week while mom and dad get bagels and we all go for a walk near the lake. We keep him out of direct sunlight but he gets outdoor unfiltered light. We've read about D supplements but no ped has yet to recommend.
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If we lived in Seattle still I would probably think more about it, but not in San Diego.
Completely forgot about it... Not worried, as Bella is now over 12lb and seems to be doing just fine! We're heading into spring anyway. She's totally breast fed and doesn't like anything else, so I can't imagine going through the rigmarole of feeding an upset little girl vitamin D drops every day...gah!
Just to clarify, it is 1 drop, not a dropper full and DS is exclusively bf too. Adding a vitamin doesn't change that.
The way (and this was a real major PITA to be honest) I got her to take just part of the antibiotics was to mix them in a bunch of expressed breast milk, put them in a bottle, but an X shape in the nipple and then have her chew on the nipple until it all came out. This took about half an hour or so every time we had to do it...gah!
But no, you misunderstood, I'm not saying breastfed babies who get vitamin D drops aren't exclusively breast fed - I'm saying Bella has awful trouble with anything BUT breast milk (hopefully that will change eventually!). Hope that clarifies