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Monday, June 9, 2014
Doctor emphasizes babies' need for additional vitamin D
Experts finally agree on one thing in the bottle vs. breastfeeding debacle: Regardless of how their mothers choose to feed them, babies need more vitamin D.
The milk of most breastfeeding mothers contains very little vitamin D, and additives in formulas are largely insufficient, says Dr. Robert Heaney, a clinical endocrinologist specializing in nutrition and a professor at Creighton University in Nebraska.
Although vitamin D is important throughout life, it is essential within the first year in reducing risk of current infections and later development of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes.
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