Breastfeeding 7 Month old and vitamin D

by Fatima
(England UK)

I am currently breastfeeding my 7 month baby. I had my vitamin d checked when he was 3 months and the level came back as 12. The doctor put me on a high dosage of 10,000 IU for a week and now I take colecalciferol (adcal d3) 400 IU.

I have two questions the first is, is this enough for me and my baby? ( I am also giving baby vitamin d) I have been on this medication for about 4 months now and my knees are still painful. If I forget to take the tablets the pain increases considerably.

The second question is I had my vitamin d tested before falling pregnant from memory it was 50 (or borderline is what doctor told me) she did not put me on vitamin d. Shortly after I fell pregnant and my knees starting hurting upon sitting or standing, I was also getting extreme excruiciating pain in my groin area, so much so that turning in bed was a nightmare. Now since I was pregnant at the time I put the groin pain down to pregnancy and baby bearing down or something. Also from even before my pregnancy I have had bad constant pain in my heel on one foot. Now my question is are these pains (the groin area and heel) in your experience from vitamin d deficiency?

Your website is great source of information. I am about to order vitamin d online as a result, the doctor here (UK) said the 400IU is the most I can take, but since reading the information on your pages I am ordering some to take nearer 10,000 IU.

Many thanks for reading and replying


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See my page on Breastfeeding
by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Hi Fatima,

See my page on Vitamin D and Breastfeeding for the proper doses while breastfeeing.

Also see my pages on Vitamin D and Bone and Muscle Aches. ANY pains can be because of both vitamin d deficiency or worsening pain after beginning vitamin d. Once you get your levels up to normal, it can take up to 6 months to resolve any pains associated with vitamin D.

Kerri Knox, RN

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