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400 IU vitamin D for breastfed - American Association of Pediatrics - Feb 2012

Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk

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Vitamin D de?ciency/insuf?ciency and rickets has increased in all infants as a result of decreased sunlight expo-
sure secondary to changes in lifestyle, dress habits, and use of topical sun-screen preparations.

To maintain an adequate serum vitamin D concentration, all breastfed infants routinely should receive an oral
supplement of vitamin D, 400 U per day, beginning at hospital discharge. 133

PDF attached at bottom of this page


See also VitaminDWiki

There are several ways to increase Calcium absorption (all increase the vitamin D)

  1. Use formula which is fortified (infant milk is fortified in many, but not all countries)
  2. Supplement mom with > 5,000 IU of vitamin D
  3. Supplement infant with > 400 IU of vitamin D
  4. Make sure the infant gets lots of sunshine (hard to do if far from equator, dark skin, etc)

See also web

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