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Breastfeeding & Vitamin Drops. Bri + 1.5 <3 Due October 20 (girl); 1 child; Florida 4350 posts
28th Feb '13

My son is breastfed & his pedi said that breastmilk doesn't produce enough Vitamin D. So he prescribed him Enfamil Vitamin Drops. He is now 2 months old & it seems like he hates them now more than he did when he first started taking them. I have tried asking a few women I know how they gave then to their babies, because my son spits most of it out, but they all say they have never been told they needed drops.




So I am wondering, if you did have to give your baby the drops, how did you keep them from spitting it back out? I was going to try to pump & mix it with the milk, but I have a really crappy pump & can barely pump anything out.

Mason & Carmen's Mommy 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Michigan 3742 posts
28th Feb '13

I never even bothered with those drops, My DD Is 6 mo and is still EBF and is doing wonderful :D

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
28th Feb '13

Not necessary. Breast milk has plenty of what he needs and actually, getting him out on the sunshine is a great way to get him some vitamin D.

Fairy [God] Mother Due February 23 (girl); 17 kids; Stratham, New Hampshire 7085 posts
28th Feb '13

I'm in the same boat right now, I bought the drops yesterday but haven't tried to give them yet. I'm wondering if its really necessary. I remember my son spitting them out and they stained a lot of his clothes and bibs

Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
28th Feb '13

My doctor told me to give her vitamins A,C and D drops because she's breast fed I've never heard of it either. She tends to spit some out but I do it really slow and squeeze in very little at a time and give her a few seconds

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
28th Feb '13

I didn't do them with dd1 and was recommended do it this time but I took the advice with a grain of salt, nodded and smiled and won't do it. If she seems to have issues I'll take a vit d vitamin to help her.

Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
28th Feb '13

add them to a bottle of breast milk, thats what i've had to do. my son hates them too but doesn't seem do notice them mixed in a bottle.

Mason & Carmen's Mommy 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Michigan 3742 posts
28th Feb '13

they say as long as she gets some sunlight shes fine but its winter and that just doesnt happen but she is still fine without the drop so i wouldn't wast ur money or time on them

Bri + 1.5 <3 Due October 20 (girl); 1 child; Florida 4350 posts
28th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SavageDarling:</b>" Not necessary. Breast milk has plenty of what he needs and actually, getting him out on the sunshine is a great way to get him some vitamin D."</blockquote>




See, that's what I thought. I mean, everyone I inow who has breastfed has healthy kids & they all say they have never heard of having to give them vitamin drops. I take him putside a lot. Not so much lately because it has been so cold. But we go for walks & sit in the yard on warm days.

*021013* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; xxx, OH, United States 3821 posts
28th Feb '13

Yea was told to do this also... I just addded it to pumped breastmilk so I dont kno about giving it to them straight :/

Bri + 1.5 <3 Due October 20 (girl); 1 child; Florida 4350 posts
28th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Fairy [God] Mother

dream 2 kids; Linz, Ob, Austria 59810 posts
28th Feb '13

actually Vit D drops ARE good to give when BFing IF the baby is not getting regular sunshine, HOWEVER get a brand that ONLY has Vit D (D3 to be exact) where you only have to give ONE SINGLE DROP per day. Anything that requires more than that, has stuff in it that is not needed.



lots of good info here:
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/vitamin-d/



I am a very strong advocate for BFing, EBFing, BFing past 2 yrs and not supplementing whenever possible. Vit D drops are the ONLY supplements I ever gave my kids.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
28th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ♥ mommy & colton:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting SavageDarling:</b>" Not necessary. Breast milk has plenty of ... [snip!] ... I take him putside a lot. Not so much lately because it has been so cold. But we go for walks & sit in the yard on warm days."</blockquote>




Yeah I tried it once with my daughter because she was born in the winter, but she hated them and it ruined her shirt and changing pad cover so I threw them out and just made a point of gettin outside for at least 15 minutes a day as long as it wasn't snowing or raining. She's two now, still breasteeding, and totally healthy. She's old enough to take a mutlt vitamin on her own now so she does everyday. But I really think the vitamin d drops were a huge waste of money and would have been a huge waste of time and energy to give them to her. They don't need them.