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Hi everybody it has ben a while since I have been a regular here. My daughter is now 21 weeks old. She was born 6 weeks early so her corrected age is 15 weeks. I am just wondering if I should be giving her supplements. My pedi has her on iron as she is exclusively breastmilk fed and she was slightly anemic at her last visit. Since we are Vegan I guess I am mostly just worried that I should be giving her B12. I am still taking my prenatal vitamin and Iron and Omega fatty acids. I feel like I shouldn't have to supplement her since she is getting breastmilk, but my Pedi isnt that knowledgeable about vegan nutrition so I thought I would aske the experienced mama's here. Should I start supplementing when I start solids?<br><br><br><br>
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Cosmo
 

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just keep taking your prenatal vitamin...should cover all the bases...<br><br><br><br>
and i started giving my dd liquid vitamins when she started solids...but i'm sure your child's ped will mention something about that...<br><br><br><br>
and just make sure you have as balanced a diet as possible!
 

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Keep taking your vitamins. (As noted above). If you're really worried, it won't hurt to add a liquid vitamin, but your baby really doesn't need it - breast milk provides everything a baby needs.<br><br><br><br>
As you add solids, the amount of breastmilk your baby takes in may drop a little (probably not as much as you'd think though) but the amounts of nutrients will adjust themselves so your baby is still taking in what is needed. (Sounds weird, but true).<br><br><br><br>
I rarely refer people anywhere outside of these wonderful VeggieBoards, but an ABSOLUTE LIFESAVER for me was <a href="http://www.breastfeeding.com" target="_blank">www.breastfeeding.com</a> . If you look around their site, you'll find they have forums/boards very similar to the ones here. The Moms there are experienced, extremely helpful, very knowledgable and a lot of them are pretty vegan-savvy too.<br><br><br><br>
Check it out if you get the time (I know how that goes!!)<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, you're doing a great job.
 

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I second (third !) the above. With your own prenatal vitamins in the breastmilk, there should not be any problem. You can easily breastfeed until your baby is 2 or 3 years of age.<br><br><br><br>
I gave my own daughter some liquid supplements (mostly iron) after she stopped breastfeeding but many products for toddlers are fortified (my daughters soy milk is), so additional supplementation is only necessary when they are fighting viral infection or something of the sort. And as I said, it won't be necessary until you stop breastfeeding.<br><br><br><br>
The best way to make sure your daughter is on track is to watch the charts (although American charts are imo terribly exaggerated because the average American babies are huge - from overnutrition, excessive dairy and cereal consumption... !). If she progresses normally, she should be fine !<br><br><br><br>
You are doing the best thing any mommy can do right now with the breastfeeding, congratulations !
 

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I just have to warn you that iron can cause staining on teeth before they even erupt from the gum. So PLEASE make sure to brush your babies gums after administering the iron drops. It may be to late if she's been taking them since birth.<br><br><br><br>
My ds is a preemie (well, he's three now, but he was 7 weeks early!). We had him on poly vi sol until he was about 18 months then switched to a regular vitamin just because he hates to eat food. But, as you're breastfeeding and taking your multi/.. your baby should be fine... once she starts eating solids and NOT bf'ing/// a multi wouldn't hurt! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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