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VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION IN BREASTFEEDING

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					            VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION IN
                   BREASTFEEDING
Breastfeeding is the preferred method of feeding an infant. Breastmilk is the only food or
drink that healthy, full-term babies will need for the first six months. The American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends “that all breastfed infants be given
supplemental vitamin D.” If you are concerned that your baby may be at risk for Vitamin
D deficiency you should consult your doctor or health care professional.

What is Vitamin D?
              People make vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. In certain
              climates sun exposure is limited. Because there are no naturally occurring
              good food sources of Vitamin D, milk products are fortified with it to
              prevent rickets.

What are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency rickets?
              Soft bones
              Bowed legs
              Fractures
              Muscle weakness

Who is at risk for Vitamin D deficiency?
                People with darker skin
                Those who wear clothing that covers most of their skin when outdoors
                Someone with limited sun exposure
                People who live in climates with limited sun exposure
                An infant of a mother who had poor Vitamin D status during pregnancy

What can I do to decrease the risk?
              Get out and enjoy the sunshine in small increments to prevent skin damage
              Wear light clothing that allows your skin exposure to the sun
              Drink milk fortified with Vitamin D and take your prenatal vitamins while
              pregnant and breastfeeding
              Allow your baby to get some sunshine in small increments while using
              sunscreen for longer periods to avoid sunburn

				
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Description: For women, 20-30 is the maintenance of bone health is the key for ten years, after thirty years, the bone will be accompanied by the growth of the age and loss. You need a daily intake of 1000 mg of calcium, equivalent to three cups of milk products; and the intake of 1000 international units of vitamin D above, this needs to eat some sea food supplement. Because vitamin D compared to uptake, so that we can use some vitamin D nutrition.