Until now my 6 month old has been getting Carlson Vitamin D drops daily (400 iu, sometimes on days we don't get any sunshine I'll give him 800iu.) He's still 95% breastfed. He does like to gnaw on Meaty bones and occasionally eats a little green veggies or sweet potato but he's very much a boob man. My serum levels are pretty good. Last time we checked a month ago they were 65.1.
I was thinking of going to a whole food source like Cod Liver oil. The RDA for babies is 400 for vitamin A, then again the Adult RDA is 5000 and I know I get something like 15,000 or so a day from my cod liver oil or beef liver so I'm not sure I trust that amount. Do you guys think I should stick to the Carlson drops or give him cod liver oil. I've tried Cod liver oil on him and he slurped it up happily so I don't think it would be a problem getting him to take it.
Also if I change to cod liver oil should I still give him beef or chicken liver once or twice a week? I'm worried about vitamin A toxicity if he's eating both.
We started our little one on fermented cod liver oil as soon as a dear friend told me to google "Weston Price" (when he was about 1). I can't find a definitive answer about the A:D ratio, so I just add a drop of Vitamin D to his fclo/high vitamin butter oil/bone broth concoction every couple of days and make sure he gets plenty of sunshine. I figure since fermented cod liver oil is a whole food and not a synthetic vitamin supplement, the ratios couldn't be too terribly off.
Wow- I never thought of giving CLO to my babies... I don't usually start supplementing anything until after weaning from breastmilk. My kids now take CLO, but my 4 month old just gets boob. Is there any particular reason you're stressing about your baby not getting what he needs from breastmilk? Or are you looking for the extra benefit?
I just focus on making sure I take in all that I need so my milk is nourishing for the baby, then after he/she weans- nutritious meals with some supplements (we do CLO and multi-vitamin).
Everyone gives their babies CLO when they start having solids in Iceland. The health care nurse or doctor makes sure of that :) I´m not sure about toxicity though if you add liver to the equation.
I just started my 7 month old on seven seas cod liver oil. She drinks it but I think I will start to mix it into her food much easier that having her taste the oil.
It does say on the back that it is for infants 0-2yrs but only half teaspoon.
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