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Which vitamin drops do you use for BF babies?

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SquidgersMummy Fri 26-Oct-12 17:28:53

Have read vitamin drops are good if EBF - which ones do you use and is it once or twice a day and easy to get it in?


jetstar Fri 26-Oct-12 18:04:29

I never used them but I think one friend of mine used Abidec from 6 months +

ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 18:06:31

Wellbaby - orange flavoured rather than the disgusting Abidec

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 26-Oct-12 18:09:08

I never liked the idea of somethinmg other than breastmilk going into my babies so just make sure I eat fish regularly.

almondfinger Fri 26-Oct-12 18:22:37

If you are eating a nutrient rich diet, with plenty of fresh fruit, veg, protein - meat, fish and pulses then you are producing a complete milk for your baby. You should not need to supplement with anything. If you are vegan then there may be a b12 deff riskbifvyou know you are defficient.

Keep up the good work breast feeding and if your baby is content and gaining weight, don't worry about supplements.

SquidgersMummy Fri 26-Oct-12 19:36:26

Thanks - I would normally be eating a rich and varied diet....but I have a small baby and suddenly no time grin am on the pregnacare but 11 wks in only just realised you are supposed to take two a day blush

EnolaAlone Fri 26-Oct-12 19:38:16

We used the Vitabiotics Wellkid baby and infant syrup from 6 months onwards. We're vegetarians though, so I thought it would be a good supplement.

ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 19:47:39

Guidelines say you need to give vitamin d drops as impossible to get enough of that from food and unlikely from sunshine in UK climate

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 26-Oct-12 20:01:59

So why aren't the guidenlines for EVERYONE to have vit d drops?

ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 20:09:09

Babies are not exposed to sun as much as adults

AnnaLiza Fri 26-Oct-12 20:39:59

Yes but GP and HV have NEVER mentioned or reminded me to give VItamin D drops. Surely if it's mandatory and I'd paramount importance they would have said? I don't understand really!

AnnaLiza Fri 26-Oct-12 20:40:32

and *of paramount importance

ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 20:52:57

HVs and GPs are usually always so up to date hmm

Guidelines changed about 12 months ago. NICE and UNICEF made statements. NHS website is clear. Personally I try to follow the advice of medical experts but hey, make your own mind up.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 26-Oct-12 20:54:16

In 3 babies, no-one has ever told me to give vitamins to any of them.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 26-Oct-12 20:55:21

'Babies are not exposed to sun as much as adults'

How come? Mine is, I'm sure of it.

AnnaLiza Fri 26-Oct-12 20:55:50

Don't be defensive! I wasn't criticising your advice, I was just saying, how come HCPs don't mention vit D supplements whereas the NHS website do? I find it quite alarming really.

AnnaLiza Fri 26-Oct-12 20:57:30

That message was for ceeveebee obviously

ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 21:08:03

I can't answer that. But my HV told me about it.

pettyprudence Fri 26-Oct-12 21:09:26

If you're in Wales you can get them for free from your HV or Dr. They also give vitamins for mum too. I never got round to taking mine or dropping in DS's.....

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 26-Oct-12 21:09:32

I guess, most people are formula feeding shortly after birth and presumably that has vit d!? So they don't worry about it too much?

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 26-Oct-12 21:10:33

I saw the student maternity-covering mw at 12 days and that was that. No further visits or contact.

Snusmumriken Fri 26-Oct-12 21:10:58

The NHS is data driven, meaning that guidelines are changed if, and when new research is disseminated.

As ceeveebee pointed out, it is possible and very likely that many HCP are not up to date on all of the changes.


ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 21:14:30

I was told at one of the weigh ins at well baby clinic - I used to go every week and then every two weeks until they were 6 months old as very low birthweight babies- they told me when we chatted about weaning.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 26-Oct-12 21:17:17

Oh. Well I guess I don't do weigh-ins. DS is 18 weeks and I haven't weighed him since 2 weeks old.

But I am surprised if it is important that they don't tell you until weaning.

ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 21:18:06

The guidelines are to give drops from 6 months to 4 years

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