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Hi There, I am trying to find answers for my son and his unexplained fractures. I have requested to have a vitamin D test to see if i am deficient and I am awaiting on the results. My question is, I do not have a healthy diet, I did not and still dont drink alot of Milk and during my pregnancy I wasn't out in the sun alot. My son was born at 41 weeks and was in breech so I had to have a C Section. I tried to breatfeed for the first week of his life, and was only able to do so by expressing. I then switched him to Formula as the expressing was not working to well. Is it possible, he could of been vitamin d deficient in his first few weeks of life from me breast feeding until I switched to formula and then could his levels of become normal as he was tested at 10 weeks and his blood showed his vitamin D was normal but he was never tested prior. How long would it of taken his levels to become normal once switching from breastmilk to formula? Appreciate you taking the time to read this, just trying to find answers for my son as this is a very difficult time for us, as we have been accused of child abuse and are trying to find answers as it appears the hospital in New Zealand we are dealing with are not. Kind Regards Kirsty

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Asked by  wild.glitter.angel04331600 on September 12, 2016

  •  wild.glitter.angel04331600 on

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    Answered by  wild.glitter.angel04331600 on

  • IAW
     IAW on

    I am sorry for what you are going through!
    Yes he absolutely would have been born deficient, if you are deficient.
    Having nine (9) weeks of formula would have raised his levels to “normal”. He would no longer show as deficient at ten (10) weeks.
    Let me go on to further say that optimal or “healthy” levels are 50ng/ml (125nmol/l). Many labs have a lower level for “normal” as 20 or 30ng/ml. This is NOT a healthy level. We here at the Vitamin D Council promote a “healthy” level of 50ng/ml. Incidence of disease increases at levels below 40ng/ml.
    Just so you know we recommend that babies get 1000iu of D3 a day for every 25lbs of body weight if they cannot get enough sunshine.
    You cannot get enough Vitamin D from your diet. You either have to take supplements or get enough sunshine which can be difficult with modern lifestyles and also depends where you live (latitude).
    Adults weighing 150lbs need to take 5000iu of Vitamin D3 a day. If you are pregnant you need to take 6000-10,000iu a day. Vitamin D does not show up in breast milk until you reach a minimum of 40ng/ml. This was proved in a study.
    Dr. Cannell, founder of this website, has discussed this subject here before about parents who find themselves in this position. I also remember him saying the following. Most to all of the people who actually read the x-rays do not (cannot) distinguish between normal fractures and those caused by “rickets”. I believe there is a subtle difference.

    Answered by  IAW on