Vitamin D status in exclusively breastfed infants and their mothers


  • C. R. Vignesh Kumaran Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Omandurar, Government Estate, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • K. V. Sivakumar Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Omandurar, Government Estate, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • R. Suresh Kumar Department of Paediatrics, KGH, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



Hypovitaminosis D, Vitamin D deficiency, Breastfeeding, rickets


Background: The prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in exclusively breastfed infants was found to be 82%, 52% and 20 % from UAE, Pakistan and China respectively but there is a paucity of data from India regarding the same.

Methods: Prevalence of subclinical Hypovitaminosis D in exclusive breastfed babies and their mothers. This study was a descriptive study conducted among breastfed infants and their mothers to reconnoitre the vitamin D level status. All exclusively breast fed healthy term babies with birth weight >2.5 kg who are less than 6 months of age and its mothers. The existence of correlation in the mean vitamin D level between the exclusively breastfed mothers and its infants.

Results: The infants status of vitamin D deficiency and insufficient was 91.9% and 8.1% respectively. The mothers status of vitamin D deficiency and insufficient was 78.3% and 21.7% respectively.

Conclusions: Hypovitaminosis D was highly prevalent among mothers living in tropical area irrespective of diet habits or socioeconomic group. There was a significant positive correlation in the mean Vitamin D level of the mothers and their exclusively breastfed infants.

Author Biography

C. R. Vignesh Kumaran, Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Omandurar, Government Estate, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Dept. of Pediatrics, KGH, Madras Medical College, Chennai-600 003


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