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Breastfeeding and vitamin D
  1. Chika Edward Uzoigwe1,
  2. Omer Ali2
  1. 1Department of Medicine and Surgery, Harcourt House, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Nephrology, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chika Edward Uzoigwe, Harcourt House, Sheffield S10 1DG, UK; chika{at}doctors.org.uk

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The UK Royal College of Paediatrics  and Child Health guidance on breastfeeding has been warmly welcomed in both the medical and lay spheres.1 Breastfeeding has undoubted benefits and should be singularly promoted and encouraged. However, in their position statement, the college omits to mention the importance of vitamin D supplementation for breastfed children and lactating women in the UK. This is an important measure to support women and children and ensure their health during this period.2–4 Hypovitaminosis D is exceedingly common in the UK with rates as high as 20% for adults and 8%–24% for children depending on gender and age.4 Public …

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