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Breastfeeding & vitamin d in 15 month old.

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bbrisotto Tue 16-Aug-16 20:43:10

Does anyone have any experience or advice about vitamin d intake with breastfed babies?

My 15 month old still breastfeeds a lot and tends to prefer milk over food, she does eat her meals but sometimes only picks and isn't that interested & other times she loves her food.

I had to take her to a&e with a painful swollen ankle the other day, they thought it was broken but when x-rayed it wasn't. I went home and it remains slightly swollen but it doesn't seem to bother her. This was after a long day walking in the woods.

The hospital called me today to follow up and mentioned that they were taking another look at the x-rays thinking her leg might be slightly bowed. I have started to panic now and have been looking into vitamin d deficiency.

I am thinking that she gets a lot of calcium but not a lot of vitamin d. I worry that I have been allowing her to breastfeed too much and she doesn't have a varied enough diet.

Her older sister fed until 19 months but probably didn't have as much milk in the day due to being at nursery for 3 days while I worked. She was also a much better eater and I cooked lots of healthy food from scratch. This time round I'm at home and always available for a feed & I tend to make food that suits the 4 year old . I also don't take supplements myself and definitely have a worse diet this time round due to running here and there being stressed out and also being rubbish at looking after myself.

I'll have to take her to the doctors to ask about this and I'll get her some vitamin drops. I feel bad that I haven't been giving her all that she needs. If anyone has any experience with this at all I would appreciate it?

dementedpixie Wed 17-Aug-16 11:36:52

I think all children up to age 5 are advised to supplement vitamins A, C and D so I would look at giving her at least the vitamin D

dementedpixie Wed 17-Aug-16 11:37:47

It's very hard it get enough vitamin d from foods and it is primarily made by exposure to sunlight btw

dementedpixie Wed 17-Aug-16 11:39:20

www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/vitamins-for-children.aspx

bbrisotto Wed 17-Aug-16 14:31:13

Thank you, I'm going to take her to the drs and get some vitamins.

summerchocolate Sun 21-Aug-16 14:42:11

No one can get enough vitamin d from diet . We cant get enough from sunlight in the UK to last all year hence the recommendation to supplement.

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