Maternal and Infant Nutritional Supplementation Practices

New research from the Republic of Ireland, recently published in the Irish Medical Journal, has examined maternal and infant nutritional supplement use. The study found that less than 50% of the sample (n=450) of women complied with peri-conceptional folic acid at the recommended time. Almost 10% of women consumed a combined multi-vitamin and mineral supplement during pregnancy.

A vitamin D-containing supplement was provided to only 5 (1.1%) and 15 (3.3%) infants at 6 weeks and 6 months, respectively. The authors concluded that a national guideline that advises on adequate and safe use of both vitamin and multivitamin supplements during pregnancy is warranted. In addition, the authors point towards the need for the promotion and monitoring of current guidelines to supplement all infants with vitamin D.



Posted: 03/08/2011 14:14:41 by Christine Connolly


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