AAP Vitamin D recommendation
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|Mon, 04-07-2003 - 12:19pm|
Lurker here, but just had to post on this issue!
This recommendation really concerns me. I'll use the text of the article to make my point:
article: "We really hope that this is a way to optimize the health of breast-fed infants and not in any way to discourage breast-feeding," Krebs said.
This probably *will* discourage breastfeeding. The way formula is pushed and breastfeeding's importance is diminished by the medical community and our society is often very subtle. This is a subtle implication that breastmilk is inferior. I can just imagine the jump in logic that is possible from this study: breastfeeding causes rickets.
article: The new recommendation, being published Monday in April's Pediatrics, was prompted by reports of dozens of cases of rickets nationwide in recent years...Although reports are rising, it's not clear if the actual incidence of rickets has risen since there are no national statistics on the ailment, said CDC epidemiologist Kelley Scanlon.
All this because of a few dozen cases and its actually not clear that the incidence of rickets has risen? Hmmmmm... seems to me like the American Academy of Pediatrics has more important issues to address like putting out publicity to actually encourage women to breastfeed their recommended "at least one year". Then they might actually help to save thousands (not dozens) of children from obesity, diabetes, allergies, asthma, cancer, SIDS... (and I could go on).
article: However, growing concerns about skin cancer and recommendations that youngsters wear sunscreen and avoid excessive sun exposure may be putting some children at risk for vitamin D deficiency and rickets, said Dr. Nancy Krebs, head of the academy's nutrition committee.
So maybe what should be recommended is that children should be exposed to a *healthy* amount of sunlight instead of Vitamin D supplements for every breastfed infant (to prevent a few dozen cases of rickets. Maybe a half an hour of sunlight at 5:00 would do? Did they study that possibility? It seems to me that every time we monkey with nature to fix something we need to recommend another fix to fix the first fix.