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New study suggests that all babies may need Vitamin D supplementation to avoid deficiency

Covering baby in the sun is good for his skin's health, but what about Vitamin D? Can he get enough?
Covering baby in the sun is good for his skin's health, but what about Vitamin D? Can he get enough?
Photo courtesy of L. Radcliff


  • Ted Hutchinson 5 years ago

    You may also like to read free online full text of this paper

    "Circulating 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels in Fully Breastfed
    Infants on Oral Vitamin D Supplementation"

    This shows, at latitude 32N, lactating mothers require Vitamin D3 supplement of 6400iu/daily in order to provide vitamin D replete breast milk to their baby.

    For babies to grow with sufficient Vitamin D3 to maximize bone mineral density 400iu/daily from one month old was used.

    GrassrootsHealth D Action offer postal 25(OH)D tests to enable mothers to ascertain if they have attained 58.8ng/ml = 149nmol/l that optimizes vitamin D3 flow in breast milk.

    There are now good reasons for suggesting that short non burning sunexposure is beneficial to immune function, irrespective of it's action in raising 25(OH)D levels and that only using supplements to raise 25(OH)D levels may not be sufficient, of itself, to lower MS incidence rates. See pubmed 20308557

  • Tess Johnson 5 years ago

    Thank you for posting your comment, Mr. Hutchinson. The information you have added is extremely valuable and much appreciated. The issue of brief sun exposure for the young infant is another important topic to discuss with one's health care provider, because as you mention, there may be multiple benefits from this practice. Once again, thank you.

  • Amy 5 years ago

    Thank you for emphasizing the benefits of sunlight. Why should I have to buy a bottle of vitamin D drops, when I can do better "nature's way," with natural sunglight for both me and my nursing child? I think the fear of skin cancer has led to an excessive fear of any sunglight with an increase in vitamin D deficiency in both children and adults.

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