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Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

No: If your baby is fully formula fed, they should be getting enough vitamin d (400 iu/day) and should not need a supplement. If they are both formula and breast fed, you may need to supplement them with vitamin d if they are not getting 400 iu/day. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby? Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby?  Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

Yes: Human breast milk indeed is nutritionally complete - provided the mother is complete - if the mother has an adequate blood level of vitamin d so will her milk. Simply put - if she is a breastfeeding lifeguard who doesn't use sunscreen - her milk is perfect. If she stays inside - an oral supplement of at least 5000iu will provide adequate levels in her milk. ...Read more

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Should you give prebiotics and probiotics to formul- fed babies?

Should you give prebiotics and probiotics to formul- fed babies?

Can be used: While the jury is out in all areas of prebiotics and probiotics in infants, there have been some positive studies looking at diarrhea. It as also been found helpful for preemies in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The only concern is using them in infants that may have immune problems or seriously ill with indwelling catheters. So, while not absolutely necessary, it will not hurt. ...Read more

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Baby gets 8oz formula and about 22oz of breast milk. Do we still need to give vitamin D drops? Can I take extra Vitamin D to pass thru breast milk?

Baby gets 8oz formula and about 22oz of breast milk. Do we still need to give vitamin D drops? Can I take extra Vitamin D to pass thru breast milk?

But D supplement: Breast feeding is aimed of the best things you can do for your baby, but Vitamin D is not readily available in breast milk. Even with partial supplementation with formula, Vitamin D drops for your baby as a precautionary measure would be wise. ...Read more

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Why do they give extra vitamin K to babies?

Why do they give extra vitamin K to babies?

Prevent bleeding: An injection of vitamin k is given to newborns shortly after birth to prevent "'vitamin k deficiency bleeding". This serious bleeding condition would occur in 0.3-1.7/100 babies without the vitamin k shot. Newborns do not have much vitamin k when they are born because it does not pass easily through the placenta and newborn livers are not able to store it well. ...Read more

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Pediatrician forgot to tell me to give baby vitamin d supplements (exclusively breastfed). Now 6 weeks old. Health problem for baby?

Pediatrician forgot to tell me to give baby vitamin d supplements (exclusively breastfed). Now 6 weeks old. Health problem for baby?

No worries!: There has likely not been any harm done to your baby. Just go ahead and start the d-visol drops now at 1ml daily. I've had parents forget or refuse to give it and the babies are ok. Nonetheless, it is still preferred to supplement with a vitamin d drop to prevent rickets in infants. ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?

Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?

Convenience: I find mom's enjoy the convenience of RTF for travel or if they only need an occasional bottle to supplement breast feeding. For formula feeders, most use powder because it makes sense. Why pay the company to add water, use more storage space and spend the energy to carry all the extra weight home? ...Read more

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What are natural ways to help your 2 month old breastfed and formula fed baby avoid constipation?

What are natural ways to help your 2 month old breastfed and formula fed baby avoid constipation?

Constipation: You could give your baby 2 oz of water a day, or some diluted prune juice (1 oz water and 1 oz prune juice). You might want to try a different formula. ...Read more

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Kindly guide how much and until when vitamin d supplements to be given for vitamin d levels of 7.0 for a 56 year old male.Is calcium to be given too?

Kindly guide how much and until when vitamin d supplements to be given for vitamin d levels of 7.0 for a 56 year old  male.Is calcium to be given too?

Vitamin D: I am not sure about the calcium without your labs. But, you should be on 50, 000 units of vitamin d per week for twelve weeks and then after that 2000 to 5000 units per day. ...Read more

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What supplement or multivitamin should I give to my son 1yo? Sometimes he refuse to eat

What supplement or multivitamin should I give to my son 1yo? Sometimes he refuse to eat

? protein powder: Hopefully your son is growing properly- is he is the normal height and weight range? It is not unusual for children to occ. Not eat. Supplements aren't as good as a healthy diet but consider something like k-pax protein powder from orthomolecular products, an organic rice protein powder that has vitamins ; minerals mixed in. A half scoop in milk, rice milk, hemp milk, water or juice could help. ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Both are fine. Which: you use is a personal preference. Powdered formula can be easier to take for travel and less expensive, but you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe source of drinking water. Ready-to-feed is more expensive but you don't need to worry about adding safe water, and it's convenient. ...Read more

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My baby 6m old is bottle feeding,is it necessary to give him DHA supplement? What brand do u recommend? The dose & for howlong?

My baby 6m old is bottle feeding,is it necessary to give him DHA supplement? What brand do u recommend? The dose & for howlong?

DHA: DHA is already found in most baby formulas. If you are not using one that contains it, switch. The amount necessary is already calculated. ...Read more

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How do I transfer breast fed infant to formula?

How do I transfer breast fed infant to formula?

If you must: If baby smells you he/she may resist the bottle but dad or others may be able to get a hungry baby to suck down some formula.Some substitute one feeding/day then 2, 3 etc as slowly or as fast as you both can do it. Some can do a radicle switch to total formula but i avoid that unless an urgent issue came up, the stress for both is tremendous. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should we consume vitamn pills daily or get our nutrients from food? What are the necessary pills to stock up? I only take vitamin C and calcium

Should we consume vitamn pills daily or get our nutrients from food? What are the necessary pills to stock up? I only take vitamin C and calcium

Variety of food!: Nutrients are best when from fresh food which is processed as little as possible. There is no real proof that any vitamins or supplements are better, when compared to food, for overall health (except for specific deficiencies). Learn what's in the food you eat, and enjoy it! ...Read more

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Is vitamin K recommended to give to newborns?

Is vitamin K recommended to give to newborns?

Yes: Vitamin k helps us clot out blood and dietary vitamin k requires the help of gut bacteria to become active and helpful. It is routinely given to newborns as a preventative measure, it helps prevent brain and other hemorrhages that may occur in a limited number of newborns. By several weeks of age, untreated babies have acquired enough gut bacteria to utilize their dietary k for this need. ...Read more

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I am giving 'vitamin D3 60000iu' tablet weekly once to my dad, age-52, having athrities.Is it safe?Risks? Will it be helpful for him to absorb calcium

I am giving 'vitamin D3 60000iu' tablet weekly once to my dad, age-52, having athrities.Is it safe?Risks? Will it be helpful for him to absorb calcium

Yes, also take A ; K: 60, 000 iu is about 8500 iu/day which is quite safe- the optimal blood level of d3 is 50-80 ; this dose should put him there. D is quite safe but it is best to take it with vit a ; vit k; vit d is crucial for calcium absorption but k makes sure the calcium goes into one's bone rather than arteries or soft tissues. Vitamins d ; a work synergisticly. See http://bit.Ly/1e1y5rd ; http://bit.Ly/1aefqjz. ...Read more

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How can my wife increase her milk production? We are supplementing with formula, but she wants to breastfeed exclusively.

How can my wife increase her milk production? We are supplementing with formula, but she wants to breastfeed exclusively.

Breastfeeding: The best thing a mother can do to increase milk production is to put the bay to suck more. Otherwise, increase the amount of fluid intake. Some even suggest o drink "malta". Exclusive breastfeeding for 4-6 months is appropriate if something else is added bay won't suck enough. You may consider consult la leche league or nurses specialized in breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Why is it preferable to take Calcium and Magnesium supplements WITH vitamin D3 when you have D deficiency ? What the 2 do for vitamin d?

Why is it preferable to take Calcium and Magnesium supplements WITH vitamin D3 when you have D deficiency ? What the 2 do for vitamin d?

Vitamin D helps: calcium go to bones rather than veins, which is what is needed for bone health. If D is low you don't need additional calcium. Check w/doc. Many people take 5K IUs of D3 daily. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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