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Giving my son his poly-vitamin is such a pain! Does anyone know of a way to give drops without creating a smelly mess and a screaming, sputtering baby?
( I need a pulling hair out smilie)
 

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we haven't used vit with our breastfed babies at all (even my preemies, I noticed you have one
the dr's here (canada, bc) recommend vit D but none of my kids have had any and they don't have any problems. Those vit taste gross no wonder the baby spits them out

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Same here. I tried to give my 1st dd vits and it was ridiculous. It all went down her front. And stained. Great, sugar or saccharine and food coloring in her pure little bfed gut? Found out breastmilk is perfect, it has just the right amt of vitamins and minerals for optimum growth.

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi.../vitamins.html

Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all, but a steroid. 10-20 mins or so out in the sun a day on face and hands, is all anyone needs. And if you get enough sun in the warmer months you can go with less during the winter as yr body stores it.

Flouride is very controversial for newborns too.
 

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I was told my son's iron was a bit low when he was about 8 or 10 mos old and that I should start him on vitamins. After experiencing exactly what you described, the spitting out and being verrry unhappy, I just gave up. He wasn't acting/looking anemic and the levels were borderline anyway. I noticed your child was a preemie so there may be some underlying health issues that are at play here rather than just a blanket prescription of vitamins... but I wanted to add that I stopped trying after a few days and DS was not the worse for it... so another vote for no vitamins unless there is an underlying health issue that
we don't know about

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Originally Posted by nfpmom
I was told my son's iron was a bit low when he was about 8 or 10 mos old and that I should start him on vitamins. After experiencing exactly what you described, the spitting out and being verrry unhappy, I just gave up. He wasn't acting/looking anemic and the levels were borderline anyway. I noticed your child was a preemie so there may be some underlying health issues that are at play here rather than just a blanket prescription of vitamins... but I wanted to add that I stopped trying after a few days and DS was not the worse for it... so another vote for no vitamins unless there is an underlying health issue that
we don't know about

take care
For a baby 8-10 months old, I would recomend iron rich foods rather than a supplement. Oatmeal with blackstrap mollasses anyone?
 

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Yes, sadly it is important that my son gets his vitamins because of his medical conditions. Although breastmilk does supply everything a healthy-term infant needs, my son is not a healthy-term infant. In this case nature dosen't apply because (in nature) my son would not be alive. (or me for that matter)
 

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What sort of medical conditions does your baby have as a result of his prematurity? Did he suffer from any defiiciencies before you started giving the vitamins? Does he eat any solids yet? What is his adjusted age? AS you probably already know, natural sources of vitamins are much more absorable than the artificial kind. These types of vitamin supplements actually made my son's gut bleed, so I stopped giving them. In terms of vitamin D, the body can and does store this fat soluble vitamin. AS long as you expose your baby to sunlight every day that is possible, his body will make enough vitamin D. Artifical iron drops interfere with the absorption of the natural iron that exists in breast milk.

If you feel strongly that your son needs these vitamins, and he's taking in any solids, you might try mixing the drops in with a tablespoon of full strength apple juice, or just go the quick and painful route of squirting it into the back of his throat.

That said, a good friend of mine gave birth to a 26 weeker. He's now 10 mos old, almost completely breastfed and has never gotten a vitamin supplement (other than breastmilk fortifier when he was very tiny). The amazing thing is that when you give birth to a premature baby, your body responds by making different milk for this child. The composition of the milk is actually tailor made for the baby in question. The body is a remarkable thing


Good luck to you!
 

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I give my dd an occasional shot of vitamins with flouride. She hates them as well. Can't mix them in food b/c then she won't eat the food. I can't really blame her since the smell makes me sick! They stain like crazy too.

Anyway, when I do give her the vitamins, I put her in a bfing position. Before I latch her on, I pop the vitamin liquid in her mouth, use a napkin to wipe up whatever she spits out and then latch her on. I think the bm helps her wash it down.

I have to say though, after reading this thread.... not sure how much I am going to bother with the vitamins anymore!
 
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