Dr. Holick explains if breast milk is a good source of vitamin D for infants.
Unfortunately, because most women are vitamin D deficient, they provide no vitamin D to their infant in breast milk. Most women who are providing their infant as their sole nutrition, breast milk, are putting their infants at high risk of vitamin D deficiency. And so now the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all women should be giving their infants for their first year of life at least, 400 international units of vitamin D a day, and it may be that being on a 1000 units a day may even be better.
About Dr. Holick, Ph.D., M.D.:
Michael Holick, Ph.D., M.D., is the Professor of Medicine of Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and performed his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Holick specializes in vitamin D, calcium, bone metabolism, photobiology of vitamin, and osteoporosis. Dr. Holick is also the recipient of the American Skin Associations Psoriasis Research Achievement Award, the American College of Nutrition Award, the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and more.