Q&A: Baby With Low Iron?

My baby has low iron — can my diet help raise his iron levels?
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ByNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Jan 2017
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Nope. The iron levels in your milk are not affected by your diet. Full-term babies are born with iron stores that last until about nine months of age, so solid foods are started at around six months to add nutrients like iron to baby’s diet. Talk to your doctor: Iron drops can be given if necessary while you continue to breastfeed (which may be recommended if your baby was not born full term), but feeding him iron-rich solids may also do the trick.

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