So are they saying you breastfeeding is what's causing the deficiency?
She's saying that it adds to it from the pregnancy.
Well I am on a vitamin d supplement too but not currently nursing but am pregnant. And I know a few people who are low in vitamin d and are not pregnant or breastfeeding and those who are both and are fine. Why would they not just give you vitamin d supplements straight away so you can continue to nurse? I was just told to buy the 1000u daily vitamin d supplement from the health food store and take one a day.
From what I'm reading pregnant women aren't taking near enough vitamin D, even the amount in the prenatals is minute. I think I am going to take a supplement, it can't hurt if I don't take too much. The deficiency is a possible reason I've been so achy, so maybe it will help with that as well.
@mum2beagain...I don't know why she didn't just give them to me. All 3 Dr.s I've seen in the practice so far have told me to wean by the end of the first trimester. I don't have any intention of weaning her, and since she's had a high fever and likely a febrile seizure yesterday (she's had them in the past, but not since march...) there is nothing they can say that will make me change my mind. I wish I had more of an option of practices here.
If you don't want to wean don't let them push you into it! I bf throughout my second pregnancy & I am now tandem feeding & plan to throughout this pregnancy.
A supplement seems to be the answer here-I cant believe your doctor is trying to scare you into weaning-disgraceful behavior!
Stand by what you believe in girl!!
That's terriblly poor advice on your obs part. I would change practices. There is no need to wean. Many have low vit D and it has nothing to do w preg and BFing! Supplements will help and time in the sun
Most non-pregnant, non-nursing people I know are deficient in vitamin D this time of year.
Almost all breastfed babies are vitamin d deficient. I give my baby 1ml of liquid vitamin d daily as suggested by my pediatrician. You can get all the vitamin d you want/need - but it's not transferred very well through breastmilk.
Vitamin D3 is the safest and most effective) supplement (not D2 - which is what most doctors give). D3 is available OTC or at health food stores. Also get time in the mid-day sun on most or ideally every day, with as much skin exposed as possible. Not enough to turn you pink, but should just start to have the lightest colour.
I am pregnant and taking 5000 IUI of D3 a day. I tested my blood levels and they are only mid-range with this dosing. You can always retest your blood after a few weeks of taking supplements to make sure your levels have improved sufficiently.
Adequate vit D is very important for healthy pregnancy.
Don't let them pressure you into stopping BF, but do address the vitamin D deficiency.
Thank you. I have been researching supplements and I was going to start taking 3000 IUI. I may start with that and see where it gets me. Unfortunately it's been cold and rainy here, so not much sun, but I have been trying to eat whatever I can that has vitamin D until I get the supplements.
My daughter had another febrile seizure (this is 4 since March) so I am even more determined to help her out however I can with whatever antibodies and immunities I can give her.
because i live in a colder area with not enough sun, they recommend we give our baby a vitamin d supplement daily... i usually give her 500 \ui/ml instead of a 1000 because she tends to spit alot out if given the full amount, sometimes she is given 750 ml... etc... but i also started supplement my own vitamine d as well.. hopefully i wont find out she is has a deficiency ...
the vitamin d are a pain..they smell like they taste good but if you try them they taste like poison.. my dd actually has thrown up on them many times so i usually give them right before a feeding when her stomach is empty..
There are many different brands of D3. I take a sublingual one from company called Michaels. It tastes like apricot sherbet. Just look for a brand that tastes ok. It is also available in gelcaps, which have no taste. have even seen it available in a spray, though i haven't tried that.
It's actually me who is deficient. They ran my blood for the prenatal testing. I live in a climate that isn't winter friendly for going out in the sun, so yeah, I'm lacking the sunshine too!