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Old 07-22-2011, 12:41 PM   #6
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Re: does my BFing toddler need a Vitamin D supplement?

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Originally Posted by somamama View Post
Vitamin D doesn't come through windows because they're designed to block out UV light.

Also remember when you're trying to get it from the sun that it takes 48 hours to fully absorb AND it washes off with soap.
Vitamin D is made in your body after sunlight exposure. It does not travel in the sunlight and it does not wash off. UV rays are often blocked by newer windows.

Vitamin D is also known as the "sunshine vitamin" because the body manufactures the vitamin after being exposed to sunshine. Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine 3 times weekly is enough to produce the body's requirement of vitamin D.

You can also get Vitamin D from the foods you eat.

Straight out of current lactation texts: If a mothers Vitamin D levels are adequate, then neither she, nor the breastfeeding child need to be supplemented. Inadequate Vit D levels in a bfing child are uncommon.
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