I take prenatals and dha and folic acid (we are ntnp, so just in case).
I gave LO vitamin d drops .It ONLY has vitamin d in it and only takes one drop a day. I didn't like all the crap (artificial colors, flavors, chemical, etc) in the other stuff ( I think it's called tri-vi-sol? or something, so I ordered it online. The main reason I gave her this is because we didn't go outside in the daytime during the winter. I still give it to her every once in awhile.
I only gave it to her before 6 months. Now she eats healthy food and we go outside (no direct sunlight though) everyday and she still bf's about the same as before solids so I think everything is fine.
I take my prenatal multivitamin and the prenatal DHA supplement. I believe she gets all she needs from my breastmilk. I do have a bottle of the D-Vi-Sol vitamin-D drops but have only given it to her a handful of times.
I give my LO Vitamin D drops every day, on doctor's recommendations. She says that not enough Vit. D gets passed through breast milk - it's the only thing that doesn't, all the other vitamins/minerals do.
I got mine at the health food store to avoid sugar/flavors/colors/etc.
This is a bit of a controversial topic, not in a bad way, lol. Some say that if you live in a sunny state, like California, having a baby out and about daily will give them enough vitamin D. You can always get the doctor to check and see if the baby is deficient in vit d. Also, they won't get all their vit d through the milk, sorry to say.
During lactation: Adding a vitamin D supplement to mom's diet and/or exposure to ultraviolet light will increase the amount of vitamin D in her breastmilk. As long as mom is not vitamin D deficient, her breastmilk will have the right amount of vitamin D. However, babies were "designed" to get only part of their vitamin D from breastmilk and the remainder from sun exposure - what if baby does not get a minimum amount of sun? A 2004 study [Hollis & Wagner 2004] determined that supplementing the mother with 2000-4000 IU vitamin D per day safely increased mother's and baby's vitamin D status: the 2000 IU/d dose resulted in a limited improvement, and "A maternal intake of 4000 IU/d could achieve substantial progress toward improving both maternal and neonatal nutritional vitamin D status." A Finnish study [Ala-Houhala 1986] showed that supplementing the mother with 50 µg (2000 IU) vitamin D per day was as effective for maintaining baby's vitamin D levels as supplementing the baby with 10 µg (400 IU) per day. However, some feel that higher levels of maternal supplementation (greater than the "safe" level of 2000 IU) would be needed to maintain adequate infant vitamin D levels.
In Scotland, it's probably recommended to give Vit D drops, but we don't as we are out on a daily basis. It's up to the mother to inform herself and do the research. Doctors aren't always right on this topic, I've found, especially ones in the USA, unless they know a lot about how breastfeeding works.
I know some don't , they have responsibility to make up what they lack and they usually do. but when I was breastfeeding, I took with prenatal vitamins (most have vitamin d) , drank added vitamin d milk, and we had at least 15 minutes outside without sunscreen daily. Not once our doctor told me to give my son vitamin D drops or any vitamins. he just said he is growing healthy and everything looks good.
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