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Babies Lack Necessary Vitamin D

Breast milk is undoubtedly the best source of nutrition for babies. However, it is nonetheless low in vitamin D. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all children, including infants, get 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day, an amount that is not possible to get from breast milk alone.

Only about 5 percent to 13 percent of breastfed babies received vitamin D supplements between 2005 and 2007. And fewer than 50 percent of pediatricians are recommending vitamin D supplements to breastfed babies

According to Reuters:

“Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food, and is important for bone development. Children who are severely deficient in vitamin D can develop rickets, a disorder in which the bones weaken which can lead to fractures and skeletal deformities. There's also emerging evidence that vitamin D provides a host of other health benefits for kids, including boosting immunity and helping to prevent diabetes and cancer later in life.”

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