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Hi, I am new to this site. I had my first baby, Abigail Lee on May 8, 2003. I would say that my parenting style most closely resembles AP - we co-sleep, bf exclusively, just got a sling, etc. I have really enjoyed reading all of the posts and hope it's ok if I join you.<br><br>
My question is about Vitamin D. I read on the AAP site that all BF babies should be taking Vitamin D. When I asked my Ped she said that it wasn't necessary and that Abby will get all she needs from the sun. I thought we were supposed to keep our babies out of the sun? How much is enough? Abigail is pretty fair. We are in PA - what if she doesn't get enough sun in the winter? And does the sun actually have to be shining on her? Wouldn't it be best to just give her Vitamin D to be safe?<br><br>
Sorry to inundate you with questions but I am so confused and so scared of rickets after reading that AAP report.<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Tina
 

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My ped says that 5 minutes near a sunny window (indirect sunlight), a few days a week, provides plenty of Vitamin D.<br><br>
None of my 4 children ever had a problem with lack of Vitamin D...and they WOULD NOT take the supplements. They are yucky!
 

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Welcome to MDC!<br><br>
Here's a link to a recent article from Mothering magazine all about Vitamin D (let me know if the link doesn't work): <a href="http://www.mothering.com/12-0-0/html/12-1-0/vitamin-d.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/12-0-0/html...itamin-d.shtml</a><br><br>
Since my family has a history of skin cancer, I'm not too keen on my babe spending time in the sun without a hat (the quickest way to absorb Vit D - with a hat requires more time in the sun), and for most of the year we don't get a lot of sunlight, anyway (outdoors or indoors). To be on the safe side, I take a spoonful of Cod Liver Oil every day, which really doesn't taste gross (I have some great lemon-flavored stuff). This way, she's getting some Vit D from sun exposure and some from my milk.
 

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Welcome! I have also heard that 5 minutes a day is all that they need and most babies can get that in the carseat running errands or walking in and out of the grocery story - they don't have to be outside in the direct sunlight. You can even use the early less powerful sun in the AM.<br>
However, I have read that African American babies need a bit more but I'm not sure how much time.<br><br>
Be glad you have an educated ped <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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As far as I can tell, the studies are not complete. Rickets is very rare in the US these days. The only few bfed babies/children that have been found to have it had dark skin, moms with low vit D (BTW, D is not a vit but a steroid), rarely went outside, lived in the far north, and were kept fully covered at all times. For ex, a very shy dark skinned frum (wearing headcoverings and long sleeves and long dresses) Muslim family living in Canada.<br><br>
Through a closed window is no good. It has to be outside, without sunscreen, preferably before 10 AM or after 3pm, so you can safely avoid sunburn. I would say a normal day of running errands would do it.<br><br>
Here is a very complete page on the subject.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamin-d.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamin-d.html</a>
 

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Ok, I feel better now. That AAP article made it sound like rickets was a definite possibility if they don't take Vitamin D.<br><br>
Thank you!
 

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So, what do you all recommend if my 5 month old is not getting the proper sun exposure?<br><br>
Is it better to supplement through the breastfeeding mother than to supplement the infant?
 

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skye, I would say supplementing the mother is WAY better. YOu could just make sure that you get plenty of sun, or eat salmon, or drink vit A&D milk. one reason is cause the supplements stain their clothes (they also contain vit A, and it is red) and they always spit it out. another reason is that the supplements are made by the formula companies.<br><br>
the big deal is that the AAP can't figure out how to measure how much vit D is needed by individuals, so they just say that everyone needs it. (or maybe some lobbyists from the corps that own the formula names got them to do this) I filled the script my doc gave me, but then didn't give it to my then 2mo old son. later I told her I still had it and was going to save it for winter. she said, by then it's too late. :? so I guess they need that vit D between 4 and 10 mos. that must be the crucial time.<br><br>
If your baby is fair skinned, they probably don't need supplements. How hard can it be to be in indirect sunlight for 5 mins a day?
 

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Ds never had any Vit. D. His ped said that 10 minutes of sunshine on face and hands is enough for them to synthesize the vitamin themselves. Much better than any artificial supplement imo, as you never know if you are overdosing...
 
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