Nutritional concerns of lactating women consuming vegetarian diets.

  title={Nutritional concerns of lactating women consuming vegetarian diets.},
  author={Bonny L. Specker},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  volume={59 5 Suppl},
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… CONTINUE READING