Expectant Moms Need Milk's Vitamin D
Lower-Birth-Weight Babies Linked to Too Little Milk During Pregnancy
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The other reason the women in Koski's study had relatively low vitamin D
levels is that even when they take vitamin D supplements, people may not get
enough vitamin D. Hollis says that after about 15 minutes of noonday sun, the
body makes 20,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D. Yet the recommended
daily amount of vitamin D -- based, Hollis says, on very sketchy and outdated
evidence -- is only 200-600 IU.
Hollis has grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to investigate
high-dose vitamin D supplements for pregnant and lactating women. In the pregnancystudy, he's giving women up to 4,000 IU of
vitamin D per day. In the lactation study, he's exploring doses up to 6,000 IU
The results won't be in for another 2.5 years. Meanwhile, Hollis advises
pregnant women to take up to 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day -- far higher than
current recommendations. But those may change. Hollis is a member of an
Institute of Medicine panel that in 2007 will review official vitamin D
"In my estimation, the recommendations will change dramatically,"