Multiple Sclerosis

Nutritional concerns of lactating women consuming vegetarian diets.

Nutritional inadequacies during lactation may affect the well-being of the mother, infant, or both. Vitamin D and calcium status in vegetarian women may be low, resulting in maternal bone demineralization. Vitamin B-12 deficiency resulting in neurologic damage has been reported in infants of vegetarian women. A review of several studies completed on women in the northeastern United States who were consuming a macrobiotic diet is presented. Supplemental vitamin D does not appear to be necessary given sufficient sun exposure.

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