Kate Middleton and all breastfeeding women at risk of vitamin D deficiency

Kate Middleton, 36, gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis, on April 23. He is the Duchess of Cambridge's second son with Prince William, 35.

The couple showed off the royal baby to the waiting media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital just seven hours after the birth.

As with her older children Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, three, it is assumed Kate is breastfeeding Louis.

The duchess has never spoken publicly about breastfeeding, but after the birth of George in 2013, she was photographed leaving Kensington Palace wearing a dress by maternity wear designers Seraphine, made specifically to make breastfeeding easier.

Later the brand’s owner Cecile Renaud confirmed the royal was a customer. “Kate’s ordered a couple of breastfeeding styles from us,” she told The Mirror.

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But like all breastfeeding women, the duchess is in danger of developing a vitamin D deficiency.

Considering we’ve just come out of a long British winter, Kate is even more likely to have depleted levels of the so-called sunshine vitamin, unless she has been supplementing her diet with tablets or fortified foods.

It’s recommended that breastfeeding mothers take a daily vitamin D supplement of 10mcg per day.

Breastfed babies should also be given a supplement, according to expert advice. Vitamin D drops are recommended from birth to one year of age.

However, babies who have more than 500ml of infant formula a day don't need a supplement as formula is already fortified, the NHS

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