Do I need iron while breastfeeding?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants who are exclusively breastfed be given a daily iron supplement starting at 4 months. Once a baby starts solids – at around 6 months – her iron needs can be met by feeding her iron-rich foods.
How much iron do I need daily while breastfeeding?
You’ll need at least 27 milligrams (mg) of iron every day during your pregnancy. While you’re breastfeeding, get at least 9 mg of iron every day if you’re 19 or older. Breastfeeding moms 18 and younger need 10 mg of iron.
Can breastfeeding cause low iron in mothers?
Lactating mothers are vulnerable to anaemia. During the period of lactation, mothers are susceptible to anaemia because of maternal iron depletion and blood loss during childbirth.
Can too much iron affect breastfeeding?
For most healthy babies, the higher iron content in formula is not better than the normal amount in breast milk despite marketing that may give that impression. In fact too much iron may increase the risk of illness and even affect a baby’s growth rate (see next section).
When do breastfed babies need iron?
At about 6 months of age, an infant’s iron needs can be met through the introduction of iron-rich foods, iron-fortified cereals, or iron supplement drops. Learn more about iron-rich foods that support an infant’s healthy development.
Why do lactating mothers need less iron?
What little iron is present in breast milk is bound to an iron-binding protein called lactoferrin. This limits the amount of free iron in a breastfed baby’s GI tract, which might also limit the growth of harmful bacteria.
What vitamins do breastfeeding mothers need?
What vitamins and nutrients do you need when breastfeeding?
- folic acid.
- vitamin A.
- vitamin B6.
- vitamin B12.
- vitamin C.