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Breastfeeding Black Moms Need More Vitamin D, Study Finds

mocha-manual-truth-about-breastfeedingre.jpg Breatfeeding Moms Need More Vitamin D, a recent study finds. A Vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, brittle bones and increased risk of respiratory infections. Black women were at a greater risk, according to the findings. Read more about Vitamin D deficiency and black women here

 

LACTATING MOTHERS AND
BREASTFED BABIES NEED VITAMIN D
SUPPLEMENTS, STUDY FINDS

African American Mothers Have Greater Risk of Vitamin-D Deficiency 

As many as two of three mothers
in Cincinnati, Ohio who breastfeed may have insufficient blood levels
of Vitamin D. In
addition, three of four one-month-old infants whose mother breastfeed
have Vitamin D
insufficiency, according to a new Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical
Center study.

"Mothers who are Vitamin D
deficient produce little or no Vitamin D in her milk and are unable to give a baby all of the
Vitamin D that he
needs," says Adekunle Dawodu, M.D., a physician
in the Center for Global Child Health at Cincinnati Children’s and lead
author of the study. "Mothers and babies who breastfeed need Vitamin D supplements to
ensure optimum health."

Dr. Dawodu will presented his study at the annual meeting of the
Pediatric Academic Societies in Vancouver, Canada.

The study focused on 120 mother-infant pairs who were enrolled in a
global human milk research collaborative. The prevalence of Vitamin D insufficiency in
mothers was 66.4 percent at four weeks postpartum, and the prevalence of
deficiency was 16.8 percent at four weeks. The prevalence of
insufficiency in infants was 76 percent at four weeks and the prevalence
of deficiency was 18 percent.

Major results of Vitamin D
deficiency include brittle bones, rickets and increased risk of
respiratory infections. Vitamin D
deficiency is particularly high in the African American population.

"In addition to taking Vitamin D
supplements, people can also make sure they are getting modest sunlight
exposure," explains Dr. Dawodu. "We hope to do larger studies that will
identify the amount of Vitamin D
that breast feeding moms will need in order to make sure that they and
their babies are getting enough of the vitamin,"
he adds.

 

ABOUT CINCINNATI
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is one of 10 children’s
hospitals named to the Honor Roll in U.S. News and World Report’s
2009-10 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. It is ranked #1 for
digestive disorders and highly ranked for its expertise in respiratory
diseases, cancer, neonatal care, heart care, neurosurgery, diabetes,
orthopedics, kidney disorders and urology. Cincinnati Children’s is one
of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). Internationally recognized for quality and
innovation by The Joint Commission, the Institute for Healthcare
Improvement and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
it has collaborations with hospitals and health systems around the
world. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org

 

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