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Expectant Moms Need Milk's Vitamin D

Lower-Birth-Weight Babies Linked to Too Little Milk During Pregnancy

Drink More Milk, Have Bigger Babies continued...

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 per day.

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 advice.

"In my estimation, the recommendations will change dramatically," Hollis says.

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