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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dr. Punger's Informal Vitamin D Study on Breastfed Babies, Toddlers, and Children

"The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending 400IU of Vitamin D to breastfed babies starting soon after birth. Breastfeeding is the ideal form of infant feeding, but supplementation with Vitamin D, starting soon after birth, is recommended because breastfed infants generally do not obtain adequate Vitamin D from other sources.  Pediatricians should encourage parents of infants who are either breastfed or consuming less than 1 liter (just under 1 quart, or 33.8 ounces) of infant formula per day to give their infants an oral Vitamin D supplement to meet the current AAP recommendation."
Vitamin D is a hot topic. It's a potent anti inflammatory and antioxidant. Up  to this point, I have not routinely recommended Vitamin D supplementation of the exclusively breastfed baby living in South Florida. I would prefer that babies consume only breastmilk to protect the optimal development of a healthy sealed gut and natural flora. I have been making recommendations to get indirect sunlight in the morning and late afternoon.
Are we giving our babies, toddlers, and children enough sunlight?
With the enthusiasm and interest of a diverse group of mothers I would like to check Vitamin D levels  in mother and baby (toddler and children).
Your participation is voluntary. I can give you a the script to get you and your breastfed child's levels checked. Results will be kept anonymous, but will be made available to other mothers via Internet and possibly formal research. I will ask each participant to fill out a brief questionnaire regarding ethnic background, diet (vegan, vegetarian, wholefoods, junk food)  and 

The lab test will be at your lab and you will responsible for for any portion not covered by insurance. I will provide you with the best diagnosis codes and results of your test.

I am looking for self-motivated, volunteers(mothers and breastfed baby), enthusiastic about furthering our understanding about Vitamin D deficiency in South Florida.

Kelly Mom

Starting Thursday AM, if you have contacted me to participate, you can pick up your script for lab work.
You may contact me here to express interest: email Use Vitamin D as your subject.
I will confirmed that your lab requisition is ready before picking it up from my office.

An example of how I may share anonymous results on my blog would be:

1. 2 month old Latin male exclusively breastfed -- suboptimal levels.

1 comment:

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

I just really, really wish this info had been available 10 years ago!! The things you wish you'd known or understood, as a mother, those are the things you lie awake thinking about at night or in the morning.

But it's wonderful that you are making this info available now.

By the way, it seems to be almost common knowledge now that people with darker skin are not likely to get enough vitamin D. My son and I are both taking drops.

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