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|"Breast milk is the perfect food for you and your baby."
Except that it lacks vitamin D. Bhatia concluded that the recurrence of rickets was caused by the surge in breast-feeding.
|But there's nothing new about dark-colored skin or breast-feeding. So Bhatia searched for another explanation for the return of rickets, and found it in the American life-style. "Often it's the case that both parents are working and the children are indoors at a daycare until they're picked up and brought home in the evening when it's dark already," she observes. American kids are also indoors more because of TV, video and computer games. And in Oakland, says Bhatia, violence keeps them out of the sun. "When you watch the evening news and you hear of two toddlers shot as they're playing in the front yard, you can understand why most parents wouldn't be eager to have their children playing outside in the front."|
breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
From the article:
The article states very clearly that an indoor lifestyle, not breastfeeding, is the problem. incidental sunshine in the car to-from daycare may be enough for white kids, but not for the ones with dark skin. Kids need safe places to play outside and outside time even as infants.
The recommendation for broad-based giving of Vit D to all bf infants is irritating. At risk infants, who have dark skin, dark skin and/or covering mothers, and lack access to sunshine are the ones who need it, not the general breastfed population.