Carol Wagner, MD
This SCHOOLS presentation is a counterpart for its sister article in the May/June edition of Progressnotes (Progressnotes Article) and will focus on vitamin D deficiency, its implications for skeletal and nonskeletal health, and recent research about how to maintain sufficient vitamin D during pregnancy and lactation and the importance of doing so. At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the extent of vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency in the US, particularly among high-risk groups such as African Americans and the obese
• Recognize that vitamin D supplementation is actually crucial to fetal health and development and the skeletal nonskeletal health of the breastfed infant
• Show familiarity with current guidelines on the suggested daily intake of vitamin D for the general population and pregnant women
• Recognize the widespread vitamin D deficiency among breastfed infants and compare and contrast the relative advantages and disadvantages of supplementing the mother vs supplementing the nursing infant with vitamin D to address that deficiency
Target Audience: Physicians, pharmacists,and physician assistants.