Vitamin D status does not influence the breast‐milk calcium concentration of lactating mothers accustomed to a low calcium intake

A Prentice, L Yan, L M Jarjou, B Dibba, M A Laskey, D M Stirling, S Fairweather-Tait

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Plasma 25-hydroxy-vitamin D and breast-milk calcium concentration were measured at 3 months of lactation in 60 Gambian mothers accustomed to a low calcium diet, of whom 30 were consuming a calcium supplement and 30 were receiving a placebo, and in 48 British mothers. The plasma 25-hydroxy-vitamin D concentration of the Gambian women was not affected by either calcium supplementation (supplemented, 64.4 +/- 2.5 nmol l(-1); placebo, 64.9 +/- 3.5 nmol l(-1); mean +/- SE) or season. The British average was lower (53.9 +/- 3.0 nmol l(-1), p = 0.004), owing to marked seasonal effects. The breast-milk calcium concentration was lower in The Gambia (supplemented, 5.38 +/- 0.13 mmol l(-1); placebo, 5.10 +/- 0.13 mmol l(-1); British, 6.93 +/- 0.15 mmol l(-1), p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1006-1008
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Calcium
  • Calcium, Dietary
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Developing Countries
  • England
  • Female
  • Gambia
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lactation
  • Milk, Human
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Rural Population
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D Deficiency

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