Preston's 1 mth appt & ? about Vit D drops

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Preston's 1 mth appt & ? about Vit D drops

Part of this is xp to my lodge, but I wanted to post here too and hopefully get some good info on the Vit D drops...

Preston had his 1mth appt today. He's doing great. He was 10lb 5.5oz -- he's gained almost 4lbs since we were discharged from the hospital :eek:. Knew he was nursing like a champ! They measured him at 21" but I think they measured short bc that's only a 1/2 inch over his birth length. The pedi even suggested they have measured short but didn't recheck -- said it didn't matter really anyways as long as we see an upward trend on the curve later.

The pedi said we should start Vit D drops by 2mths of age. I know with Alexa we didn't use them -- we had the Tri-Vi-Sol with her and she always spit them out and I just didn't really see the need so we used them maybe a handful of times. Anyone have good info on the Vit D drops? I'm mostly of the belief that BM has everything in it that the baby needs, but we do live in a climate that doesn't always get a lot of sun (Pacific Northwest). We are heading into spring and summer though. Trying to decide, so would love some good info if anyone has some!

Here's a pic I took yesterday on Preston's 1mth birthday :mrgreen:

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Yay for a good appointment!

Have you had your D3 serum level checked? I actually spoke with someone I work with about the vitamin D drops (she is a very low intervention mom - uses homeopathic meds first, non-vaxing and is studying holistic and integrative nutrition) she just mentioned the D drops to me in passing and said they will be your best friend in a few months - I had thought that the LO would get enough from BM but if your levels are low you should supplement either yourself or the baby. I have been taking an extra 1000 iu D3 supplement since a few weeks after getting pregnant - I had my levels checked right around the time I got pregnant and was low. I am going back for a recheck in the next month to see if I am okay or should increase what I am taking. Anyway - I would just get yourself tested and then make the decision.

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I don't know. We use tri-vi-sol for Zoe but misunderstood how to administer it. We were putting it in her bottle (since I pumped 1/2 her feedings) but then her doctor told us that rendered it ineffective (can't remember why). So I guess she didn't actually get the vitamins until she went on the flouride multivit liquid at about 6 mos. Then we just squirted it in her mouth. Sometimes she spit it out, but eventually, she got used to it and didn't mind. Now she is on chewable flouride vitamins.

I don't know about just Vit D.

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Sounds like a good appointment Biggrin

I wish I could give info on the drops but we didn't use them with DD either.

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Great job Mama, there is nothing better than seeing your LO thriving on your breastmilk, eh?

I have heard that sometimes when they measured the babies length at birth it is actually off if they have a cone head from the birth canal, which can make the length growth not seem right at their one month appointment ~ that could have something to do with it.

We never supplemented EBF with anything ~ especially this time of year I feel confident that baby is getting enough D. I know that there are lots of different opinions on it, I just am not a huge fan of vitamins for otherwise healthy kids/people.

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My docotr never said they were necessary if bfing and getting outside or in sunlight you are fine. I was always told that people need a really small amount of vitamin D and can get their daily requirement even in cloudy places with no problem.

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We never gave DD any vitamins until she was almost 2 and getting to be a picky eater. I am interested to see what my D levels are though, I might just take some additional vit D after baby is born if I am low.

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My ped prescribed them for DS but we spend a lot of time outside so I just nodded, smiled, and never filled the scrip. I read somewhere, but can't remember where, that the rickets outbreak in EBF newborns a few years ago was actually children of Muslim women who always wore full coverings outdoors, and that most everyone else should be getting plent of vit D from just 20 minutes outside each day.

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"RedRoses" wrote:

My ped prescribed them for DS but we spend a lot of time outside so I just nodded, smiled, and never filled the scrip. I read somewhere, but can't remember where, that the rickets outbreak in EBF newborns a few years ago was actually children of Muslim women who always wore full coverings outdoors, and that most everyone else should be getting plent of vit D from just 20 minutes outside each day.

I thought this too. I spend more than 20 minutes outside everyday all year (even in the winter) so when I had a blood test for part of my physical for work I was shocked how my D levels came back so low. I would much rather take the supplements (I get them at whole foods) than give the drops to my LO though.

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Erica, I'll have to look into getting a supplement for myself. I still take my prenatal. I would rather supplement myself than DS too.

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I don't know about babies but I have been reading a lot of studies lately that they are finding out recently that people need a lot more vitamin D than previously thought. If you spend a lot of time outside without full-coverage clothing OR SUNSCREEN you're probably fine, but the majority of people do not. I live in Arizona (sunny sunny sunny!) and will be fine in the spring and fall but over the winter I've started taking a 2000 mg supplement, and may in the summer, too, since it's so hot then that I avoid direct sun like the plague from June-September. My mom takes 10,000 a day (she's been doing a ton of research on it since her husband had colon cancer and they skipped chemo, opting for natural recurrence prevention methods after the surgery--and vit. D is a huge one) but I thought a more moderate amount while pg was smarter, since it's still being tested like crazy and I don't think they have all the answers yet.

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I stopped giving Shaylen the tri-vi-sol when she gaged and stopped breathing on me when she was 1.5 months old -I figured her living was more important than the vitamin. I discovered the vit. D drops in the fall and my SIL who is a naturopathic dr. swears by them. I now give them to my girls and myself everyday. It really helps with the immune system too - we upped the doses during the swine flu scare. However we live in Canada so the sun here isn't as strong as down south. Here is some more info on the type we use http://www.ddrops.ca/
Good Luck

Oh my friend used these drops with her baby and one drop on his tongue was all that was needed a day and it doesn't taste like anything.

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"mommyto3girls" wrote:

Here is some more info on the type we use http://www.ddrops.ca/
Good Luck

Those are the ones we use too (uhm, when we remember..).

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About vit’D drops.

I’ve read a bunch of papers (a couple years ago) about vit D drops. Primaryily, the research that I’ve read says that vitamin D is important to everyone – even more-so than they thought before. However, that if you were on a multi-vitamin during pregnancy, and spent significant time out doors, and you keep it up post-pregnancy, (or a great diet) that you are likely fine, as is baby. You can always have this checked using a test).

The people who’s babies had problems are those who haven’t been on a multivitamin, have an inability to make vit D (from DIRECT sunlight), AND have dark skin (of African descent – dark skin prevents absorption of UV needed to create vit D). So, if you don’t fall into all 3 of those categories, most likely you have nothing to worry about. However, you can always be on the safe side by having your serum levels checked.

Also, I ‘live in Alberta where there is relatively little sunlight in winter – especially since people rarely stand outside shirtless at -30, and my doctor says that he doesn’t recommend vit D and he’s never had a patient with a problem.

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

my doctor says that he doesn’t recommend vit D and he’s never had a patient with a problem.

Well...I'm not talking rickets, but vit D plays a big role in the immune system, etc.--it's not something you'd necessarily see a cause and effect "problem" from not taking, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good idea and isn't helping in subtle ways that aren't obviously correlated! I think it makes a lot of sense that since our indoors-all-the-time culture is a relatively recent phenomenon, our bodies might be missing some of that sunshine vitamin we used to get a whole lot of without even trying...