Thursday, February 23, 2012

Breastfeeding but giving formula company vitamins?

On a visit to the Dr. a little while ago, the Dr. mentioned that breastfeeding moms need to supplement their baby with vitamins, especially vitamin D.

I am of the thought that breastmilk contains everything a baby needs. However, I am okay with giving Baby A vitamins to be safe.

Then she wrote me a script for an over the counter vitamin called Poly Vi Sol. Having no clue what it was I googled it.
It's made by Enfamil.

Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol with Iron Drops
I have chosen to breastfeed our daughter for many reasons. Partly due to food allergies that run in the family, mostly due to health benefits, and lastly because I don't believe in formula. At all (unless the mother is physically unable to breastfeed).

Now, here's the interesting part.
In addition to the vitamins my daughter would receive in a Poly Vi  Sol vitamin, there are a whole host of other ingredients.
Take a look:
(photo from Enfamil's website)

Artificial Caramel Color? Really? Not to mention "slight staining of the teeth" may occur?

Hubby and I decided this was not what we wanted for our daughter & set out to find something we would be comfortable giving our daughter.
Why would we support a formula company when we don't believe in the use of formula (unless you are physically unable to breastfeed)?

Here's what we found:

Animal Parade Baby Plex.

We bought ours at Vitamin Shoppe.

Things I love about Baby Plex:

  • Gluten Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives.
  • Free of yeast, wheat, soy, and milk!
Take a look at the ingredients*:

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 mL
Servings per Container: 60
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Vitamin A (as palmitate)1500 IU100%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)43.75 mg125%
Vitamin D (as calciferol)400 IU100%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol)5 IU100%
Thiamin (as thiamine HCl) (vitamin B1)0.625 mg125%
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)0.75 mg125%
Niacin (as niacinamide)10 mg125%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)0.5 mg125%
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)2.5 mcg125%
Biotin25 mcg50%
Pantothenic Acid (as d-panthenol)3.75 mg125%
Choline (as bitartrate)3 mcg*
Percent Value for Children 12 mos. to 4 yrs,:
Vitamin A60%
Vitamin C109%
Vitamin D100%
Vitamin E50%
Vitamin B671%
Vitamin B1283%
Pantothenic Acid75%
Choline (as bitartrate)*
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, natural orange flavor.

*according to website.

Isn't there a big difference between the "other" ingredients lists?!
I am not trying to compare two companies, but what I am trying to do is say, that we owe it to our babies & children to always look for the healthier option. 
Our children are growing and developing, why mess that up with artificial ingredients that are unnecessary? 

We are very happy with our choice to give our daughter the Baby Plex. It hasn't stained her clothes, and she seems to like the flavor. The only downside, is it DOES smell very vitamin-y. But if that's the only downside, I am definitely glad we made our decision for Baby Plex instead of Enfamil Poly Vi Sol.


Disclaimer: Always check with your Dr. before giving your child any supplements or medications of any kind. All writing is pure opinion of the author & not intended as advice of any kind. I was not paid for any review of any product, all opinions are true to me and my own. Baby Plex picture is from Nature's Plus website, the ingredients are from, the Enfamil picture and information was taken from the Enfamil website. I am not associated with either company in any way. I mean no harm to either company in my review. These are all just personal opinions based off personal choices for my family.

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