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Vitamin D for baby?

In What on 5 September 2012 at 10:15 pm

 I read an article about the need for Vitmain D supplementing for exclusively breastfed babies.  We will start taking her in sunlight starting her 2nd month but I am not sure if that will suffice.

– mother of a newborn in Texas
Why avoid sunlight now?  Your baby will make vitamin D from sun and also get it through your milk, provided you are getting enough sun. How much sun you need varies according to latitude and skin type but even if you take a walk or play outside for half an hour you’re in business, provided the sun was shining and actually reached some area on the body that was not covered with sunscreen or clothing.  Under-exposure to sun is as risky as over-exposure.  Our Old Grey Fair Lady also cautions about the risk of too much Vitamin D.  Epidemiology Professor Robyn Lucas says in To D or not to D, “it’s not possible to make too much vitamin D from sun exposure – but that is a very real possibility from ingesting vitamin D.”

See also Kelly Mom:  How much sunlight is needed to generate adequate vitamin D?

Should I give baby vitamins?

In Yes / No on 10 April 2011 at 6:38 am

When I went to get my daughter’s check-up done, the doc said she’s not been putting enough weight and prescribed her vitamin supplement drops. I am not sure if this is necessary she’s 4months and weighs 5kgs (birthweight was 2.75kg).

– Rajitha, new mom in Mumbai

Going by the recommended weight gain of 100-200 grams per week, your daughter’s weight gain is within the expected range. If you think she needs more food, consider if you could feed her more often. Remember to switch breasts and try If she is already nursing whenever she wants, as long as she wants, then she is getting what she needs. Since your body will give priority to the baby, it is possible that you need to make sure you are getting all your nutrients. In general it is recommended that mothers continue to take prenatal vitamins & minerals for at least 2 years while breastfeeding, though of course it is (more) important to eat a balanced diet of whole grains, fresh seasonal foods.

More info:
Kelly Mom: Does my baby need vitamins?

Dr Sears: Newborn weight gain

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