Vitamin D and the nursing mother

An "adequate" intake for nursing mothers is not the 400 IU/d the IOM recommends, but is instead in the range of 5,000-6,000 IU/d, taken daily. If they get that much, they will meet not only their own needs, but their infant's as well.

... during the first year that, in addition to its role in calcium metabolism, this critical nutrientreduces both the risk of current infections and the late-life development of such autoimmune diseases as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. [emphasis mine]

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