Fortified Milk Makes Bigger Babies?

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My son was a huge baby, tipping the scale at 9 pounds, 14 ounces when he was born.

This isn't greatly shocking, as both of his parents are gigantic people, but it is interesting that several of my less enormous friends are having newborns that enter the world at over 8 pounds.

I had thought the crop of very big babies might be due to something we were eating, perhaps additives in our food or minerals in our water.

It turns out I may have been partially right.

According to this article, Vitamin D is closely linked to baby weight. Sunlight is the normal source for Vitamin D, but in Canada (where this study was held) our milk is fortified with Vitamin D. I drank oceans of milk when I was pregnant with Nolan, but I also ate vats of chocolate and cartons of raspberries.

It might have been the chocolate, but I think I'll go with the milk theory.

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