In support of National Breastfeeding Month, GrassrootsHealth announces that daily supplementation of 6400 IU vitamin D is safe for lactating mother and baby and allows enough vitamin D to pass through breast milk to provide the adequate nutritional vitamin D status in the baby to optimize growth, development and immune function.
Babies are growing up vitamin D deficient. The
In infants, vitamin D deficiency can result in hypocalcemic seizures, growth failure, lethargy, irritability, and a predisposition to respiratory infections. Between 3 and 18 months of age the vitamin D deficient baby may develop signs of rickets, the skeletal disorder resulting in brittle bones, prevalent in the early 1900s which led to fortifying milk with vitamin D. Rickets is on the rise. There are no national rates for rickets in the US because it is not a reportable public health disease, but in the
If a baby were to receive 1 quart of formula per day, they would receive 400 IU vitamin
That is where researchers at the
"Our research started with a small study in early 2000. We found 6400 IU vitamin D / day was not only safe, with no adverse reactions, but it allowed mother and baby adequate nutritional vitamin D status," said
With 6400 IU vitamin D daily, mothers reached a mean vitamin D blood level of 60 ng/ml and their babies reached a mean of 44 ng/ml. In the control group, mothers taking only 400 IU vitamin D per day and supplementing their children with 400 IU vitamin D drops, resulted in mothers with a mean of 32 ng/ml (not nutritionally adequate) but babies with nutritionally adequate levels – a mean of 44 ng/ml.
"The time to act is NOW! Vitamin D is cheap, demonstrably safe, and effective," said
GrassrootsHealth is a nonprofit public health organization dedicated to moving vitamin D research into practice. Together with 48 world-wide senior vitamin D researchers it has issued a call to action – to raise vitamin D levels to 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L). GrassrootsHealth is currently running the D*action population intervention program to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic worldwide. Under the D*action umbrella, there are programs looking at the entire population as well as targeted programs for breast cancer prevention and a 'Protect Our Children NOW!' program to reduce the complications of vitamin D deficiency encountered during pregnancy and childhood.
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