Can I Take Vitamin D and Calcium While Breastfeeding?

Is it safe to keep taking my daily vitamin while breastfeeding? In most cases, it is okay to take mineral supplements like iron, calcium and copper. These have not been known to affect breast milk levels.

Why do breastfed babies need Vit D?

While breast milk is the best source of nutrients for babies, it likely won’t provide enough vitamin D. Your baby needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Too little vitamin D can cause rickets, a softening and weakening of bones.

How much vitamin D should a breastfeeding mother take?

SUMMARY. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (a global organisation) recommends that “The breastfeeding infant should receive vitamin D supplementation for a year, beginning shortly after birth in doses of 10–20 lg/day (400–800 IU/day) (LOE IB).

Can you overdose on vitamin D baby?

Vitamin D toxicity in infants is not uncommon, and has been reported as early as the 1930s, usually due to antirachitic treatment with very high doses of vitamin D.

What happens if I give my baby too much vitamin D?

However, excessive vitamin D can cause nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constipation, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, muscle and joint aches, confusion, and fatigue, as well as more serious consequences like kidney damage.

Are babies born with rickets?

A baby born to a mother with severe vitamin D deficiency can be born with signs of rickets or develop them within a few months after birth.

Is rickets curable in infants?

When rickets occurs as a complication of another medical condition, treating the underlying condition will often cure the rickets. If your child has a bone deformity caused by rickets, such as bowed legs or curvature of the spine, your GP may suggest treatment to correct it. This may include surgery.

Where is rickets most common?

Rickets is more common in regions of Asia where there is pollution and a lack of sunlight and/or low intake of meat due to a vegetarian diet. The Middle East is a region where Vitamin D deficiency rickets is prevalent due to lack of exposure to the sun because of cultural practices (purdah).

Does rickets still exist?

Rickets has declined in frequency but it is still a problem. Rickets is a disease of infants and children. It disturbs normal bone formation (ossification).