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Breastfeeding help?!

Hi, I’m exclusively breastfeeding my baby and the doctor gave me vitamin D supplement to give her 1mL a day, she just turned 4 months. Just wondered if anyone else was given vitamin D for baby. The doctor says breast milk lacks vitamin D...

  • Jackie
    Jun 18

    I exclusively pumped and my doctor said the same thing.

  • Kieli
    Jun 18

    With my first daughter her ped told me the same thing, but now with my second they told me not to. I was living in California when I had my first, now in Alabama with my second.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 18

    Our doctor asked us to provide Vitamin D (I also breastfed), but not 1mL. The dosage was basically one or two drops. We were using this one:

  • Rai
    Jun 18

    Some people do it, some don't. We EBF and supplemented vitamin D until she started solid foods and we felt she was getting a daily dose from her food. They also get some from sunlight! 🌱 The dosage for over the counter varies by brand. Some have a daily dose in a drop, some in a mL, just depends on which one you buy.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 19

    I exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. We were given the vitamin D drops, but something about the turned her into a screaming, crying mess so we stopped. Others have had similar issues.

  • Sheila
    Jun 20

    I EBF and our dr told us the same thing. We did not give her the drops and she is perfectly healthy and her vitamin levels are perfect. It is our belief that as long as you are eating a healthy, balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and little to no processed foods you don’t need it. Also she has never had cow’s milk either!

  • Josh
    Jun 20

    We continue to learn more and more about vitamin D and how critical it is to development, as well as how safe it is. When we were told to supplement, it was an easy decision to do so. Vit D toxicity requires an insane amount. With this one, we’re going to say better safe than sorry. That being said, my wife and I tend to follow our ped’s advice. Our thinking is that these things are kinda their expertise. I definitely trust them and the Mayo Clinic more than a bunch of internet randos, 🤷‍♂️

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 20

    I still give my 21 month old vitamin D. There’s a lot of research suggesting VD is important to infant development and adults as well. However the volume you wrote sounds like a lot. I’d try to find a more concentrated version with no additives beyond vitamin d and whatever oil it’s being reconstituted in. I hate when the vitamins I go to give my daughter has tons of sugar added. Zarbees and upspring are the brands I use routinely and I only need about .25-.3ml because theirs is concentrated. Nordic naturals is excellent too except theirs is a whole bottle dropper and impossible to drip into baby’s mouth easily.

  • Destinee
    Jun 22

    When I was breastfeeding I didnt. Our ped said that she had been in practice for over 30 years and the only time she has ever seen ricketts was with someone who was already immune compromised. We decided against it. And I live in WA where it’s not sunny for most of the year

  • Mindy
    Sep 17

    I do the same. Vitamin d daily while breastfeeding exclusively. Pediatrician said he will need it too he starts his multivitamin and adults need vitamin D too. I trust my doctor- he always provides articles backing up his info if I ask. I take supplements myself so I believe this is common info for infants. My baby also had a little jaundice because he was late preterm.

  • Abigail
    Nov 05

    They do need vitamin d but it also works to take about 6000 iu yourself. Yes that’s thousand not the 400 that’s in your prenatal. The increase should get your level high enough that your milk will have enough for baby. My son hates the drops the doctor gave him too, but I will have to try zarbees that’s a great brand.