Do Iron-fortified Foods Affect My Baby?

I heard that the iron in fortified foods won't help my baby. Is this true?
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ByNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Jan 2017
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“Fortified foods” is a broad term that encompasses a lot of different kinds of food and many different types of fortification. Iron-fortified foods are not required for a breastfeeding baby. Instead of worrying about fortification, use this rule of thumb, the best meal for a baby is made up of nutritious foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

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