Last update: June 10, 2018

Vitamin D (calcifediol)

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Daily allowance of Vitamin D for the breastfeeding woman is 400 IU per day which may be attained by a comprehensive and balanced diet. When treated do not exceed 6.400 IU per day and, if prolonged used, check-up for mother’s and child’s calcemia.

A balanced and comprehensive diet make it vitamin supplementation useless.

1 mg = 60.000 IU

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Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Vitamin D (calcifediol) is also known as Calcifediol. Here it is a list of alternative known names::

Vitamin D (calcifediol) in other languages or writings:


Vitamin D (calcifediol) belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Vitamin D (calcifediol) in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Bioavailability 62 - 91 %
Molecular weight 419 daltons
Protein Binding > 98 %
VD 0,12 l/Kg
Tmax 4 hours
T1/2 264 - 288 hours


  1. Sen S, Penfield-Cyr A, Hollis BW, Wagner CL. Maternal Obesity, 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D Concentration, and Bone Density in Breastfeeding Dyads. J Pediatr. 2017 Abstract
  2. Naik P, Faridi MMA, Batra P, Madhu SV. Oral Supplementation of Parturient Mothers with Vitamin D and Its Effect on 25OHD Status of Exclusively Breastfed Infants at 6 Months of Age: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  3. SACN. Vitamin D and Health. 2016 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. við Streym S, Højskov CS, Møller UK, Heickendorff L, Vestergaard P, Mosekilde L, Rejnmark L. Vitamin D content in human breast milk: a 9-mo follow-up study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Abstract
  5. Gomes FP, Shaw PN, Whitfield K, Koorts P, McConachy H, Hewavitharana AK. Effect of pasteurisation on the concentrations of vitamin D compounds in donor breastmilk. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2016 Abstract
  6. Chandy DD, Kare J, Singh SN, Agarwal A, Das V, Singh U, Ramesh V, Bhatia V. Effect of vitamin D supplementation, directly or via breast milk for term infants, on serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D and related biochemistry, and propensity to infection: a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Br J Nutr. 2016 Abstract
  7. Wheeler BJ, Taylor BJ, Herbison P, Haszard JJ, Mikhail A, Jones S, Harper MJ, Houghton LA. High-Dose Monthly Maternal Cholecalciferol Supplementation during Breastfeeding Affects Maternal and Infant Vitamin D Status at 5 Months Postpartum: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Nutr. 2016 Abstract
  8. OPKO. Calcifediol. Drug Summary. 2016 Full text (in our servers)
  9. AEMPS. Calcifediol. Ficha técnica. 2015 Full text (in our servers)
  10. Hollis BW, Wagner CL, Howard CR, Ebeling M, Shary JR, Smith PG, Taylor SN, Morella K, Lawrence RA, Hulsey TC. Maternal Versus Infant Vitamin D Supplementation During Lactation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2015 Abstract
  11. March KM, Chen NN, Karakochuk CD, Shand AW, Innis SM, von Dadelszen P, Barr SI, Lyon MR, Whiting SJ, Weiler HA, Green TJ. Maternal vitamin D₃ supplementation at 50 μg/d protects against low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in infants at 8 wk of age: a randomized controlled trial of 3 doses of vitamin D beginning in gestation and continued in lactation. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Abstract
  12. Czech-Kowalska J, Latka-Grot J, Bulsiewicz D, Jaworski M, Pludowski P, Wygledowska G, Chazan B, Pawlus B, Zochowska A, Borszewska-Kornacka MK, Karczmarewicz E, Czekuc-Kryskiewicz E, Dobrzanska A. Impact of vitamin D supplementation during lactation on vitamin D status and body composition of mother-infant pairs: a MAVID randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2014 Abstract
  13. Oberhelman SS, Meekins ME, Fischer PR, Lee BR, Singh RJ, Cha SS, Gardner BM, Pettifor JM, Croghan IT, Thacher TD. Maternal vitamin D supplementation to improve the vitamin D status of breast-fed infants: a randomized controlled trial. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Abstract
  14. Sweeney LL, Malabanan AO, Rosen H. Decreased calcitriol requirement during pregnancy and lactation with a window of increased requirement immediately post partum. Endocr Pract. 2010 Abstract
  15. Wagner CL, Greer FR; American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding.; American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition.. Prevention of rickets and vitamin D deficiency in infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2008 Abstract
  16. Fontus. Calcitriol. Drug Summary. 2008 Full text (in our servers)
  17. Hollis BW. Vitamin D requirement during pregnancy and lactation. J Bone Miner Res. 2007 Abstract
  18. Wagner CL, Hulsey TC, Fanning D, Ebeling M, Hollis BW. High-dose vitamin D3 supplementation in a cohort of breastfeeding mothers and their infants: a 6-month follow-up pilot study. Breastfeed Med. 2006 Abstract
  19. Hollis BW, Wagner CL. Vitamin D requirements during lactation: high-dose maternal supplementation as therapy to prevent hypovitaminosis D for both the mother and the nursing infant. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Abstract
  20. AAP - American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs. Transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk. Pediatrics. 2001 Sep;108(3):776-89. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  21. Caplan RH, Wickus GG. Reduced calcitriol requirements for treating hypoparathyroidism during lactation. A case report. J Reprod Med. 1993 Abstract
  22. Caplan RH, Beguin EA. Hypercalcemia in a calcitriol-treated hypoparathyroid woman during lactation. Obstet Gynecol. 1990 Abstract
  23. Greer FR, Hollis BW, Napoli JL. High concentrations of vitamin D2 in human milk associated with pharmacologic doses of vitamin D2. J Pediatr. 1984 Abstract

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