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Vitamin D for baby?

In What on 5 September 2012 at 10:15 pm

 I read an article about the need for Vitmain D supplementing for exclusively breastfed babies.  We will start taking her in sunlight starting her 2nd month but I am not sure if that will suffice.

– mother of a newborn in Texas
Why avoid sunlight now?  Your baby will make vitamin D from sun and also get it through your milk, provided you are getting enough sun. How much sun you need varies according to latitude and skin type but even if you take a walk or play outside for half an hour you’re in business, provided the sun was shining and actually reached some area on the body that was not covered with sunscreen or clothing.  Under-exposure to sun is as risky as over-exposure.  Our Old Grey Fair Lady also cautions about the risk of too much Vitamin D.  Epidemiology Professor Robyn Lucas says in To D or not to D, “it’s not possible to make too much vitamin D from sun exposure – but that is a very real possibility from ingesting vitamin D.”

See also Kelly Mom:  How much sunlight is needed to generate adequate vitamin D?

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