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J Perinatol. 1997 Jan-Feb;17(1):10-4.

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant and breast-feeding women and their infants.

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Northwestern University Medical School, Division of Endocrinology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill, USA.


We describe the cases of five consecutive infants with symptomatic vitamin D deficiency and their mothers. Four of the infants were light skinned, all had poor sunlight exposure, and all were breast-fed or had diets low in vitamin D. All mothers had vitamin D deficiency. Regardless of race, infants with poor sunlight exposure and diets lacking in vitamin D are at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Mothers of these infants should be evaluated for vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D supplementation of the breast-feeding mother at risk and her infant is recommended.

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