The Various Supplements Breastfed Babies May Require


Vitamin D Supplementation to Improve the Vitamin D Status of Breast-fed Infants

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To prevent vitamin D deficiency and bone problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a supplement for all breastfed babies. Starting on the first day of life, vitamin D is given in liquid drops at the recommended dose is 400 IU a day. 2.

Iron helps make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body to all your baby’s cells. Plus, iron is needed for your baby’s brain development and growth. Premature infants who breast-feed may need iron supplements.

Born early, these babies had less time to. Whether soyor sunflower-based, lecithin supplements can be used to help milk flow, and it is “considered safe through pregnancy and postpartum,” Goodman says. Just like.

A supplement is anything in addition to what your baby receives from your breast while breastfeeding. Babies can be supplemented with: Mom’s own pumped milk (if baby is not removing her milk well enough) Donor milk (from a milk bank or from another breastfeeding/pumping parent) Formula. You may need or want to supplement your baby’s feedings with formula for any number of reasons, some of which may be recommended by your pediatrician. your breastfed baby on a. Baby not gaining weight.

Up to 7% weight loss in the first few days is considered normal. But if your baby is not gaining weight within the normal range after this time, he may need more food. Your baby may become more and more sleepy and is in danger of becoming very weak, dehydrated or unresponsive unless he gets enough to eat. Vitamin D is needed to support healthy bone development and to prevent rickets, a condition that causes weak or deformed bones. Vitamin D deficiency rickets among breastfed infants is rare, but it can occur if an infant does not receive additional vitamin D from foods, a vitamin D supplement, or adequate exposure to sunlight.

Most nutrient needs in the first 6 months are met by human milk or infant formula. Breastfed infants need a vitamin D supplement and possibly an iron supplement; formula-fed infants and breastfed infants may need fluoride supplements after 6 months of age. Infants usually receive enough water from the human milk or infant formula they drink.. If your baby is exclusively or partially breastfed: He or she receive 400 IU of supplemental vitamin D daily, beginning in the first few days of life.

Supplementation should continue until he or she is weaned to at least 1 qt (1 L) of whole milk per day. Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age. In conclusion, in healthy, breastfed infants of well-nourished mothers, there is little risk for vitamin deficiencies and the need for vitamin supplementation is rare.

The exceptions to this are a need for vitamin K in the immediate newborn period and vitamin D in breastfed infants with dark skin or inadequate sunlight exposure.

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The AAP (Wagner, Greer, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, and others, 2008) recommends that all infants (including those exclusively breastfed) receive a daily supplement of 400 IU of vitamin D beginning in the first few days of life to prevent rickets and vitamin D deficiency.

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For the breastfed preterm TCU graduate, similar supplementation should be given but, as all formulas are now supplemented, it is doubtful whether additional vitamins and iron are required for bottle-fed babies.

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recommends that exclusively breast-fed infants receive a supplement of vitamin D,6 and the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines support supplementation of breastfeeding infants with vitamin D (Gartner and Greer, 2003).

“Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D” by Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board, Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium, Heather B. Del Valle, Ann L. Yaktine, Christine L. Taylor, A. Catharine Ross
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by Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board, et. al.
National Academies Press, 2011

Breast-fed babies are often prescribed a supplement for vitamin D, however, not all pediatricians and parents agree that it’s necessary.

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However, as adequate sunlight exposure is difficult to assess, AAP recommends a supplement of 200 international units/day for all breastfed infants, until they are weaned to at least 500ml/day of vitamin D–fortified milk (Gartner & Greer, 2003).

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Breast-fed babies are often prescribed a supplement for vitamin D, but not all pediatricians and parents agree that it’s necessary.

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If the child is breastfed, record nursing frequency and duration, any supplements (vitamin, iron, fluoride, bottles), family support for breast feeding and age and method of weaning.

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The only supplements these babies may need are fluoride (which is present in only small amounts in breast milk) and an iron supplement after 4 to 6 months of age.

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Supplements may lessen the success of breastfeeding because they decrease feeding from the breast and decrease milk production (AAP & ACOG, 2012).

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Choices for supplementation depend on the age of the infant, and include soy products, sprouts, seed, nut, and sprout milks, and animal products, which are discussed a little later.

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  • we had a similar experience! thank you for sharing! they like oh its clusterfeeding+ he is peeing ok, but baby was losing weight and cried.. finally with supplement it helped!

  • Thank you for this information! My baby’s pediatrician had suggested vitamin D drops, but then next visit said if I made sure I was getting enough myself it’d probably be fine. So I am thankful for this video to clarify this for me!!

  • Historically human have been suffering from lots of vitamin D deficiencies from newborn baby.

    The representative evidence is yourself Mr.

    Your skin is white, the white skin is the result of vitamin D deficiency.
    Your ancestors lived in the Northen area there is not enough sunlight shining.
    In that circumstance, white skin is much effective to consume the UV.
    The white man survived that environment.

    vitamin D deficiency is quite fatal.
    so this kind of cull has occurred.

    Still, there is a lot of vitamin D deficient Mother around us in modern society.

    Your speech could be misunderstood that there is no need to vitamin D for the baby.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics’s vitamin-D recommendation is not too much.
    I think the guidelines are a safe and sure way.

  • When I came home from the hospital the following day my baby did not pee or poo for 4 days and I was exclusively breastfeeding but apparently he wasn’t getting enough because he lost weight and became jaundice his eyes got yellow and all of his body. I feel bad that i didn’t supplement with formula it would’ve avoid him being pocked on his tiny foot for jaundice testing ����. Now he is 6 weeks and I give him a 2 once bottle of formula a day just to top it off like you said and it gives me a break as well. Thank you so much for this video. If I ever have another baby I will surely have some formula just Incase because i find that many times when babies cry is because they are hungry and some women don’t struggle with breastfeeding and that is great for them but for those that struggle like me it’s not our fault and we shouldn’t feel horrible for feeding them formula we are doing what is best for our child:)

  • This happened to me:( my heart was set on breastfeeding. But my baby lost weight she went from 8pounds 3oz to 7pounds 8oz and then she gained 3oz in the hospital. We went home and I was still constantly feeding her. We had to go to walk in weigh ins ever day to see if she was gaining weight. Then she was stuck at 7pounds 14oz and she just was not gaining weight and constantly crying. And finally I had a little formula from a sample box and I used it after she nursed and I’ve never had such a happy baby. About 1month old she finally hit 8 pounds 3oz back to birth weight. I literally cried every time I supplemented but in my heart I was doing what was best for my baby because I obviously was not giving her enough food. She’s almost 2months and I’m still breastfeeding but I’m still having to supplement she’ll take in about 1oz to 2oz of formula each feeding. But I’m pumping a lot more trying to build up my supply. I might not be able to produce enough milk for my baby but I’m still trying ❤️ thank you for this video!

  • That’s so crazy! My hospital gave us donor milk right away once my baby hadn’t fed in 24hrs. He would latch but could not stay awake to feed. He was 37weeks gestation so super sleepy. Then when we went home I hadn’t started producing yet and they sent us home with a ton of formula just in case to get us by till my milk came in or until I could buy more! I’m sorry you had to go through that ��
    I will say though clear is not abnormal for colostrum mine was clear for days as well but it did slowly come in more and more then when the milk came in it was a goldish colour ����

  • As a mom of a 32 y/o (given infant vit drops as baby) and a 26 yr newborn nurse, I’m enjoying this video immensely. The science changes so much over the years. Always have a healthy bit of scepticism, no matter what the experts say. You were so right!

  • Stephanie, go to my site and watch the videos under breastfeeding and pumping and comment there with any questions, I am wishing you all the best with your 2nd! xo melissa

  • Hi sir. I just had my 1st daughter this Christmas doctor tell us to use d3 vitamin when I was using today I accidentally put a little too much direction say one drop a day I assumed I accendently put 5 drops. Is my baby in harm? What should I do is that really bad I’m scared rightnow what i just did to my little princess. Pls give me advice. Thx in advance

  • Gosh this approach is one I wish ALL doctors would take toward every medical myth ever!! Modern medicine sometimes cripples people’s minds. Thank you so much for your due diligence!

  • im am pregnet with my second and i have a all most 3 yr old son and i want to breastfeed and pump but idk what all i need to do for both n to store brestmilk

  • I also thought it very odd that breast milk had no vitamin D.
    I’m trying to convince my daughter to up her vitamin D levels, she’s breastfeeding a 5-week-old right now and all the research I have done over the past few months tells me higher dose for her will help if she gets COVID-19 and it won’t harm her baby, if anything it will do baby good, but then she looks at NHS site and that contradicts what I tell her, even the vitamin D tablets I have tell her to consult Dr before taking them. So for now she won’t take them.

  • Supplementing with formula will inevitably reduce your milk supply. Also, 80% of newborn babies will be jaundiced. Most of the time it is physiological (i.e., normal). Only if the jaundice happens within 24 hours of birth is it pathological.

  • sorry for my bad english i hope you understand. One last think, i’m giving him formula, and he is demanding a lots of milk, he is 5 months and 20 days now, did you have any recomendation for me?

  • i’m loosing my breast milk, because i start working when my baby was 2 months old, i pump my breast at work but there was last and last time to pump and now my breast don’t fill and ther’s not so much to pump, i want to breastfeed my baby until he has 1 year at least, but how can i produce more milk if it is going away?:'(

  • I’m a midwife working with military families in SE Asia. The ladies deliver in the local hospital, which is being encouraged by the Ministry of Health to aim for UNICEF Baby Friendly Status. The ladies are often told by the hospital midwives that they must give their baby formula milk for the first few days as they won’t have milk till at least day 3 post-delivery! I joke with the ladies that Nature missed a trick there, giving them a baby with no way of feeding it for the first few days! & just to go on with breast feeding.
    Love your videos many thanks for your continued hard work; it is much appreciated.

  • I’m a mom of three kids. My first baby was supplemented for about 2 months before he rejected the bottle, second was fully bf and now the third one is currently on supplement as well. Reason is because I have two other kids and thr house to take care of, I cannot be latching her all the time! Furthermore the age gap between the third and second is only 18 months and my second boy still latches whenever he sees her bf. Supplementing so that I won’t go bonkers haha

  • Amazing stuff ����. Sir please make more videos on breastfeeding mothers and women’s who are expecting. And the body aches and pains that comes with it ( both before and after the baby is born)

  • Anytime an “expert” tells you something natural is dangerous, or that the human body doesn’t do something required for survival, your BS-sensor should be going off!

  • Yes knowing that realy makes a man happy…nature still has it ;)… can u pls attach the link of the study? What about VIT K??? Do you have any information regarding the vit K and newborns… its quite similar issue… Thank you

  • I breastfed my baby (4th baby) for one month and he wasn’t gaining enough wait so the Dr made me supplement with formula, ever since then ( he is now 2 months 2 weeks old) my supply has completely diminished and I just want to get it back up!!! I have pumped and I still breastfeed I just want to make more milk so if you have any tips or advice please help! I eat healthy, drink water, and still take prenatals! My friend actually gives me her breastmilk because she has plenty extra and I just want to get my supply back!!! I know going back to work made my supply drop, but how can I get it back???

  • False. Babies do not need synthetic vitamin (hormone) D. Go sit in the sun and make your own. Synthetic D is bad for you. Look it up!

  • So just wonder what is the conclusion that your intelligent mind made in this your life story? Vit drops Aka rat poison is recommended for babies by some scientist mistake? Or its done on purpose?

  • Your story is almost identical to mine! Problem with my story is… My supply dropped dramatically! �� now my baby is almost 4 months old and gets mostly formula and maybeb2 ounces of breastmilk per day! Now I’m trying all of these things to increase my supply. Mother’s milk tea, feenugreek pills, lactation cookies, oatmeal, Gatorade and adding flax seed and brewers yeast to any and everything possible that I ingest. I also pump every 3 to 4 hours. I have 3 kids under 3 years old that I care for all day and night as a SAHM and I’m exhausted! I really hope my supply increases soon because it’s seriously consuming my life. Sorry for the rant! Thank-you for allowing me to vent. �� it’s just that our stories are alike in many ways but now I’m dealing with this issue. ��

  • My baby is 10 months old and i have exclusively breastfed (no bottles/ formula) just the boob! She refuses formula but takes water from a sippy cup. What do u suggest for me to do as i want to wean her off by 12 months?

  • Thank you thank you thank you!!!

    My doctor flat out told me my sons bones would suffer if I didnt give him vitamin D drops, and he said that us getting plenty of sunlight is not enough.

    I knew it was complete BS. Like you said, how have we survived this long without it?

  • Question, how could I supplement my 3 year old with d3, the same drops? I don’t give her a Flintstones or anything like that so I’m not sure what’s out there for that age

  • Thank you SO much for this video. It’s so sad that doctors spew such misinformation towards women. You have no idea how much misinformation I have heard in the last 11 years from doctors especially pertaining to breastfeeding. It’s a travesty!

  • How is this possible!?!? They really let your poor baby starve like that?!! I am absolutely in shock right now and my heart breaks for you and baby. I hate how much mommy shame people get for choosing to not breast feed. Whether their supply isnt good or they just choose not to for their own personal reason there is NOTHING wrong with it!!! That’s why there is formula! Bless your heart momma

  • As a retired Lactation Consultant I just want to say THANK YOU!! Giving breastfed babies Vit D is such BS and I lost count how many parents were given this nonsense information. Again Thank you!

  • Lies! Maybe white ppl can’t absorb the vitamin D from the sun because it burns you but for Melinated ppl the sun light is all the vitamin D we need. Our skin absorbs the sun. #Melanin