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  1. #1
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    Default News story about rickets??

    Has anyone else heard of this?

    The story is at:
    http://wcco.com/local/local_story_049100937.html

    Should I be concerned? Do I need to be giving my 6.5 month old any kind of Vitamin D suppliment?

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    Default Re: News story about rickets??

    When that news story mentioned that there's not enough Vit D in breastmilk, they weren't exactly correct.

    Here's what LLL says about Vitamin D supplements in the breastfed baby:

    Vitamin D--Exclusively breastfed healthy, full-term infants from birth to six months who have adequate exposure to sunlight are not at risk for developing vitamin D deficiency or rickets. Rickets occurs because of a deficiency in sunlight exposure, not because of a deficiency in human milk.

    La Leche League International's THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, 3rd Edition, lists the following risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:

    Dark skin
    Consistent coverage of skin with clothing or sunscreen when outdoors
    Live in areas where there is little sunlight for parts of the year or do not go outdoors
    Live in areas of heavy air pollution, which blocks sunlight
    Mother is vitamin D deficient

    Other risk factors include:

    increased birth order
    exposure to lead
    and the replacement of human milk with foods low in calcium or foods that reduce calcium absorption

    For more information, please refer to the following articles:

    Sunlight Deficiency: Helping Breastfeeding Mothers Find the Facts, LEAVEN August-September 2003, p. 75: http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...gSep03p75.html
    Sunlight Deficiency, "Vitamin D," and Breastfeeding , LEAVEN June-July 2003, p. 70: http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...nJul03p70.html
    SUNLIGHT DEFICIENCY AND BREASTFEEDING, BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS November 2002: http://www.lalecheleague.org/ba/Nov02.html
    And here's some info on it from another site but it's not approved by LLL:

    Does my baby need vitamin D supplements?

    HTH ease your mind a bit!
    Last edited by LLLCarol; February 20th, 2006 at 10:26 AM.

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    Default Re: News story about rickets??

    Hi Backen.

    I have lots of information for you. The information says it better than I can myself, so I'll let it do the talking. Please read and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
    Vitamin D--Exclusively breastfed healthy, full-term infants from birth to six months who have adequate exposure to sunlight are not at risk for developing vitamin D deficiency or rickets. Rickets occurs because of a deficiency in sunlight exposure, not because of a deficiency in human milk.
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/vitamin.html

    The article above links you to two more articles. And here is another:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug04p124.html

    Here is another resource. It is NOT a LLL resource, but it does contain quotes from many leading researchers in the fields of nutrition and lactation:
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...vitamin-d.html

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