Vitamin D Recommendation

There are new recommendations today on the amount of vitamin D infants and children need.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is doubling their recommended dose of vitamin D to 400 international units a day, beginning in the first days of life. The change comes after several clinical trials showed 400 iu's will prevent the bone softening disease called rickets and treat it.

Most children don't get enough vitamin d in their diets and parents want to be careful exposing newborn skin to sunlight, which is another source of the vitamin.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    Just because you may not breastfeed, doesn't mean you're uneducated. You have a choice and some women just choose not to nurse. It is an ignorant comment to make.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    Vitamin D is added to formula and breastfeeding mothers should supplement. Vitamin D can also be absorbed through the skin from the sun. Get the kids outside to play a couple hours a day and it shouldn't be a problem for any child!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    Most of the women who breastfeed in America are the ones who are educated. Educated about whats best for their baby and what their babies need. The formula fed babies may need a supplement, and a significant number of women feed their babies formula simply because they don't know any better/ know how/ why, etc.
  • by J Location: nc on Oct 13, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    to Anonymous on OCT 13 @ 7:28am I totally agree with you.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    If breast milk contains Vitamin d, then whatever amount a heathly woman produces is the amount infants should have. Telling people otherwise is just a ploy to sell some kind of product they are planning on putting on the shelves!
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