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Breastfeeding and Vitamin D

Vitamin D and Breastfeeding

I was asked by a member today about what vitamin supplements they should take, if any. The member concerned is breastfeeding so obviously wants to make sure not only does she get the correct nutrients but that her baby is healthy too. With a small amount of research I was soon able to advise that she takes a daily vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin D is often referred to as the sunlight vitamin as it is through sunlight that we get most of this vitamin. In England we often do not get enough vitamin D due to our beautiful climate! Certain groups of people are at particular risk of vitamin D deficiency. These include people over the age of 65, infants and young children under 5, and those with low or no exposure to the sun.
Also at greater risk are pregnant women and those who breastfeed. NICE has recognised this and produced public health guidance on maternal and child nutrition which recommends that pregnant woman and those who breastfeed should take vitamin D supplements to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need.

Among the problems resulting from vitamin D deficiency is the risk of developing bone problems such as rickets – a preventable condition that has become increasingly common among children in the UK.
Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE, says: “Vitamin D is essential for the growth and development of the baby’s bones, by regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphate.
“The developing infant relies on the mother’s vitamin D stores during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
“If the mother’s own vitamin D stores are inadequate, lack of vitamin D may adversely affect fetal bone mineralisation.”

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers wrote to healthcare professionals earlier this month to raise awareness of the issue.
The officers recommend that all pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D.
This is to ensure that the mother’s requirements for vitamin D are met, and to build adequate fetal stores for early infancy.
The recommendation is supported by NICE’s public health guidance on maternal and child nutrition.

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