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 . 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
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.
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.
Sounds like a good appointment
I wish I could give info on the drops but we didn't use them with DD either.
Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.