Should I Take Vitamin D While Breastfeeding?

Get the inside scoop on vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy, nursing, and beyond.

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

Pregnancy and breastfeeding take up a lot of your nutrients, which is why it’s necessary to find the right diet for your body. Let’s dive into what vitamin D does for you and your baby, and how much you should be taking during and after breastfeeding.

The 411 on vitamin D

Vitamin D, AKA the “sunshine vitamin” is vital for healthy teeth, bones, and immune function.

A NHANES study found that nearly 40% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency is more common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk groups such as vegetarians, women with limited sun exposure, and people with darker skin. Black women and women with darker pigment are even more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency and often require higher doses of vitamin D due to decreased absorption through the skin.

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