Hi. For mother’s who exclusively breastfeed. Do/did you supplement with iron and vitamin D? When did you start ? And how did you know you have to supplement? Thank you.
For baby? The doctor gave me drops for each baby (sample) but honestly my first baby got the drops like 4 times and my next two didn’t get any of them. I asked one of the dr about it and he said it’s an overly cautious thing they do. I do bring my kids outside at young ages, so they do get some sunlight when newborns.
My doctor tells me every check up I HAVE to give them... but they’re 1, not covered by insurance 2, my son HATES taking them (the iron is so nasty, so I understand) and 3, the trusty Internet says they’re not necessary especially if mom takes vitamins
Our doctor sent us home with vitamin d drops from the hospital. Said to give them once a day. We started day 1. It was a prescription so we could get it refilled. I believe they also sell them over the counter- but our insurance covered it. I stopped once we stopped breastfeeding and went on to formula.
Some insurance plans won’t cover them if your baby’s doctor prescribes them, mostly because it’s an over the counter vitamin you can find at any pharmacy. However, I did get some from my bb’s dr and give them to her once a day. According to the doctors, vitamin D is the one babies don’t get enough of if exclusively breastfeeding, but if you take your baby out in the sun for just a couple of minutes that can be the cheapest, easiest & most convenient way to get the vitamin... unless you live in the cold where it’s constantly snowing & cloudy of course. My baby is now starting to eat baby food so we try to buy anything that fortified with vitamin D to help with that as well.
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