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Friday, September 30, 2011

Vitamin D update

I have tested 7 lactating mothers who have babies between 6 weeks and one year.

So far all the mothers have sub-optimal Vitamin D levels.

All live here in the Treasure Coast (or are close). (This is South Florida, in case you don't know). All are involved in La Leche League and educated on this controversy about giving Vit D supplements to  babies.

I do not have any fully breastfed babies tested yet.... Veins to small, don't want to put a healthy baby through that, and other reasons, it's not getting done.

I have one supplemented baby who tested adequate who also takes Vitamin D.

I have been testing a lot of adults who are not lactating. Many come back low.

I am not making any scientific or clinical conclusion yet. I think we all need an Rx to go to the beach this weekend!


fitncrafty said...

Thanks for sharing this information. I would expect it here in NY, but I am surprised of the outcomes in Sunny FL.
I hope you will continue to share more test results.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

I wish I had known about you when I was breastfeeding my own son because it is even more true for African-American mothers and their kids. We're in GA.

Only I didn't know that ten years ago and we did exclusive breastfeeding for one year & extended breastfeeding and child-led weaning even after that. We both take drops now and he seems to grow an inch or more a month now.

I am interested in what you do with bioidenticals. I already use an OTC health food store progesterone cream.

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Denise Punger MD IBCLC said...

I prescribe bio's ( and related compounds)for fatigue, depression, mood, wt. management, cyclic problems, hot flashes, and sometimes when nothing else has worked.

I work with:
Pete Hueseman, R.Ph., P.D.
Consultant Pharmacist at

Bellevue Pharmacy Solutions

1034 S. Brentwood Blvd. Ste. 102

St. Louis, MO 63117

1-800-728-0288 or 314-727-8787

fax: 1-800-458-9182 or 314-727-2830

Pharmacists on Staff: Brock Smith, Paul Hueseman, Jim Schmidt, Janna Gordon, Tiffany Spudich, Leifson Ball


If you are interested b/c you are out of town, I would call Pete first. Let him know I referred you. He can get you started and help you find a local doctor to work with.

I can do phone consults to get people started with labs, but the pharmacist needs a physician who has seen you in person to sign off on his Rx recommendations.

I usually do blood work vs. saliva. I check hormone levels, thyroid, adrenals, vit D. Pete helps manage lipids, glucose, vitamin levels, thyroid, adrenals. We have offered products and nutritional support for wt. loss.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Thanks, Denise! :)

AngelK said...

I exclusively BF my son He is 4 months this Saturday and hasn't had any vaccines and is healthy and in the 75th percentile for height and 55th percentile for weight at his check up today.. He has never been sick since bringing him home from the hospital. His pediatrician today said we should be giving him Vitamin D 400IU's daily. We live in Palm Beach County and take him for daily walks. Should we be giving him Vitamin D? he was never tested to show he was even defficient so I am confused about telling all parents that BF to give their little ones a supplement. I am not a fan of this one size fits all agenda. What are your thoughts on this?

Denise Punger MD IBCLC said...

Angel, I will add more to my blog updates about Vitmin D. I "absorbed" everything I could about Vit D at the conference, met the authors, and bought her book.
Keep up your walks and consider taking a supplement yourself during lactation.
I really want to show that we don't all need to supplement our baby in Florida, however, almost everyone, EVERYONE, all ages, I test is suboptimal.

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