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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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Lactation Specialist
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January 30, 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.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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