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Risk of vitamin D deficiency rises with breast feeding after age 1, study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 22 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1067
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The risk of vitamin D deficiency increases progressively in babies who continue to be breast fed beyond the age of 1, even when they also eat solid foods, shows a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, whose authors recommend vitamin D supplements for these children.1

Exclusively breastfed infants are at increased risk of developing rickets because of limited transfer of vitamin D …

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