quarta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2016

Increasing nursing mothers' vitamin D levels may benefit babies

Date: August 30, 2016

Source: University of Otago

New research has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies' vitamin D status. Vitamin D is essential for calcium and bone metabolism and is mainly obtained from exposure to sunlight, with only low levels found in food and breast milk. Risk factors for infant vitamin D deficiency -- which can lead to the bone disorder rickets -- include being exclusively breastfed.

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