I posted in the rickets thread, but I wanted more people to see this, so I started another thread.
I have been coming to these boards for three years, under a different user name previously. I used to post a lot, but now I mostly pop in from time to time and read. I wanted to say that in case someone questions my motives because if you look at my total number of posts, it is low, and you might think, who is this woman and what is her motive.
I am very troubled by what I think looks like a knee jerk reaction by Mothering to the recommendation about vit D supplementation for breastfed babies. I am posting some links that will take you to more information on this subject from the Journal of Pediatrics excerpted on Dr. Mercola's website.
I started learning about vit D when my mom was disgnosed with osteopenia. Vit D is NOT a "true vitamin," it is a horomone precursor. And unless mom has enough, baby will not have enough. Most North Americans have vit D deficiency, African Americans in particular. This is why there has been some incidence of rickets in African American babies.
NO ONE is saying that breast milk is not the best food for babies. NO ONE is saying that formula is better than breast milk. The best way for baby to get enough Vit D is not to supplement baby (the AAP is wrong on this), it is to supplement mom. Problem is that you can take too much D, so you have to be careful.
Obviously breastmilk from a mama who eats McDonalds 24-7 is going to be better than formula. But breastmilk from a mama who eats properly is going to be even better.
It is not just rickets. Vit D plays a complex role in our body because it is a horomone precursor. And there is a commin misconception that all you need is 10 minutes of sun per day to get enough. Actually you need sunshine on particular parts of your body at particular times of day and no sunscreen. "For example, in Boston the average amount of sunlight is insufficient to produce significant vitamin D synthesis in the skin from November through February"
Here are some links. No matter what you think of Dr. Mercola, he is quoting some pretty good sources, and the information is pretty overwhelming.:
"Although experts encourage Breastfeeding, the vitamin D content of breast milk depends on the mother having adequate levels of the vitamin…….
The answer is that Vitamin D is NOT a vitamin but a steroid hormone precursor that is NOT naturally present in food. This explains why the most perfect food on the planet for humans, human breast milk, is "deficient" in vitamin D."
For more read:http://www.mercola.com/2000/aug/27/v..._d_rickets.htm
This is general vit D information:http://www.mercola.com/2002/feb/23/vitamin_d.htm