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Vitamin Supplements for a Breastfed Baby?
Beth asks: “We go next Friday for our 6-month pediatrician visit. From what I read in the books, they’re going to try to push vitamin supplements again.
They tried to push Vitamin D at 1 month, and I gave it to her once and could feel her stomach convulsing at the alien substance, so I refused to give it again!
My DD was EBF until 5 months; now we have begun to feed fruits and veggies a few times a week.
They do not replace BF sessions, but are “for fun” as she was all about studying the rest of us at meal times! We have also given rice cereal, but again, solid food is not an everyday thing.
What sorts of supplements (if any) are “necessary” for an EBF baby? “
Lindsey: You can easily have your baby tested to check vit d levels, among other things. Most everyone needs more vit d, even with daily sun exposure and no sunscreen we still don’t get enough sometimes. Make sure to take it with vit k for absorption.
Mimi: She MIGHT need iron and Vit. D. At birth, was her cord allowed to stop pulsing before it was clamped and cut, or was it done quickly? If she got her full blood supply and you had a good diet during the pregnancy (not particularly anemic, and took your prenatal vitamins), she’s been fine up til now. There is some disagreement about supplements being needed. The RI Breastfeeding Coalition’s website has updated info on this. Another place for info is your local La Leche League meetings and solid research. EVERYONE ought to know about this excellent resource, The Cochrane Collaboration. Also check Dr. Jack Newman’s and Teresa Pitman’s book, Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers.
Millicent: My Ped has me take vit D as it passes through my milk to my baby. Win-win!
Cindy: Vitamin D is super important….. for bone/teeth development as well as an important role in the immune system. My son got iron deficient by 12 mths I was so sad to know my milk didn’t provide him with enough and I was sure he was eating well by then to support iron stores but I guess not. So iron may be one you would check into.
Chantel: Here is the issue with breastmilk…if the mother is deficient then how is she going to give her baby, through her breastmilk, the proper amount. Many Americans are vitamin D deficient due to a lack of sunlight/indoor lifestyle/sunscreen use. If the mother is deficient of vita D, then the baby will be too, if the mother is anemic, then the baby could be too. When breastfeeding our health is of utmost importance!!!! The best way to ensure the baby has the nutrients he/she needs is for the mother to be getting the nutrients she needs. For vitamin D this means being outside if possible or taking a supplement…..whichever works best.
NB Notes: Vitamin D should not cause any concern about giving to our Natural Babies. You can find Just D drops in most pharmacies and are only Vitamin D in a vegetable oil base. There is little to no controversy in the health care arena concerning Vitamin D and most professionals across the board feel that it is an essential supplement for everyone, not just babies.
Can Baby Be Too Attached to Me?
Kelly asks: “This kind of goes hand in hand with a previous post, but my 13-month-old son is SO unbelievably attached to me.
He used to cry the whole entire time I was at work and eat maybe 3 Ozs of breast milk. And if I leave the room he reacts like I’m leaving forever.
He doesn’t want anyone but me, not even my husband. I thought by now he would have grown out of it.
I’ve even contemplated going back to work full time and putting him and my older daughter in daycare to force him out of his clinginess…which I don’t want to do, but I’m at the end of my mental rope! Any thoughts? Ideas that would help?”
Christina: It’s good that he’s so attached to you. That’s healthy. It may not be what you want right now but he needs you and you need to continue to be there for him.
Lynette: Maybe try leaving them with a sitter once a week for a few hours while you run errands and just stay consistent with it even if he cries.
My son was the same way, especially when I left him at church, but after several Sundays of him learning that I was going to return, he has gotten used to it and is much better now. I think some time away would be good to teach him that you will be back.
Tammy: My son is the same way. We’ve started playing a game where I tell him I need to do something in the next room and wave bye to him when he waves back it’s like he’s telling me I can go. I’m only gone for a few minutes at a time but it’s helping.
He also has a fun night with daddy once a week so I can leave the house for a couple of hours. He’s still clingy but it’s helping and I always make a big deal about coming back into the room or coming home. I know one day I’ll miss the clingy.
Valerie: I have 8 children. Some were more “needy” than others. I have found overall that there more I tried to be away from them and the younger they were when I did, the more desperately they behaved when I tried to walk away from them.
The more attention and time I gave them from the beginning, the earlier they were more secure in my absence. But sometimes they still just need a mom. The sooner you respond to their needs with love and kindness – for however long they need it – the better they can handle it when you are gone.
This time is so short, but the impact lasts a lifetime. Maybe he just needs you right now.
Brandi: I have a 15-month-old that is the same. He cries even if I walk two steps away. I have found that a back carrier gives me time without tears and makes him close.
And after he has been in it for a while he doesn’t mind going off without me for a bit. I don’t know, but for me, forcing my absence unnecessarily upon him makes it worse when we are together. Good luck! Separation and stranger anxiety can be taxing.
Am I Producing Enough Breastmilk?
Amanda writes: “Ladies, Baby went for a checkup today she is one week 3 days she was 9lbs 1oz at birth and now is 8lbs 11oz. Dr. is very concerned and I’m sad because I have been breastfeeding.
I put her at my breast all the time what should I do?
Can I increase supply?
I tried pumping, sometimes I get 2 oz and in others, I get just one ounce. Am I starving her?
Can I make my supply dramatically increase to store milk?
I feed her every 2 hrs and pump the 3d and it’s still not enough. I’m sad because I don’t want to use the formula”.
Andree Anne: TRUST YOUR BREASTS, TRUST YOUR BABY!!! Docs really like to set panic in motion with their constant worrying about birth weight.
Some babies just take a bit more time to gain back their birth weight. Did you have an IV during labor? Some babies are simply bloated at birth and lose all their water weight in the first few days/weeks.
The bloating messes up the actual birth weight. You’re doing great Mama… just keep BFeeding on demand and it will all settle into place!
Julie: I second what so many have said: if he has wet and poopy diapers, she’s fine! relaxing will help your supply. also, throw away your clocks/timers, etc. just nurse, nurse, nurse!! it wasn’t clear, but if you’re only feeding her every 2 hours, you could definitely feed them more often. just assume if she hasn’t in the last hour, she wants to nurse. even if she just nursed 5 minutes ago, if she’s fussy? nurse again. she’ll be fine, and you’re doing great!! look up your local LLL leader for more support.
Hillary: Oh this is SO normal!! Keep doing what you are doing. It takes 2-3 weeks for babies to return to their birth weight. Get a new doctor you understand and is educated about breastfed babies! Now is the time!
Erika: This doctor is NOT breastfeeding-friendly. Call a local La Leche League Leader and/or a Breastfeeding USA counselor NOW – right now go google them and look up your area and call – NOW not tomorrow morning!
Your baby is NORMAL this is NORMAL. You aren’t pumping a lot because she is eating all the time, so the pump is competing with her. Don’t pump – keep nursing and go call.
Talk to them (they are free) and they will go through your whole situation with you and if you need more extensive help they can help you find whatever it is that you need (a lactation consultant, a better doctor to work with, etc).
But most importantly they will talk and get much more information and individualize recommendations specifically to your circumstance.