No, a mother can’t increase the iron levels in her breast milk by eating iron rich foods or taking supplements.
Do babies get iron through breast milk?
Breast milk contains little iron; therefore, parents of infants receiving only breast milk should talk to their infant’s health care provider about whether their infant needs iron supplements before 6 months of age.
How can I increase my baby’s iron level?
Foods that are rich in iron include:
- Meats: Beef, lamb, pork, veal, liver, chicken, turkey, seal (especially liver).
- Grains and cereals: Iron-fortified cereals, whole grain breads, enriched bread, pasta and rice.
How can I increase my iron while breastfeeding?
You may wish to give baby foods high in vitamin C along with iron-rich foods, since vitamin C increases iron absorption. Cooking in a cast iron pan also increases iron content of foods.
Do breastfed babies have low iron?
Breastfed babies need less iron because iron is absorbed better when it is in breast milk. Formula with iron added (iron fortified) also provides enough iron. Infants younger than 12 months who drink cow’s milk rather than breast milk or iron-fortified formula are more likely to have anemia.
Do breastfeeding moms need iron?
Iron also is important for breastfeeding mothers. If you are 18 years of age or younger, you should get 10 milligrams of iron per day. For those over 19, the suggested daily intake is 9 milligrams.
How can I raise my iron levels quickly?
Choose iron-rich foods
- Red meat, pork and poultry.
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach.
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots.
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas.
What supplements to avoid while breastfeeding?
Fat soluble vitamin supplements (e.g., vitamins A & E) taken by the mother can concentrate in human milk, and thus excessive amounts may be harmful to a breastfeeding baby.
Which vitamin is not adequately provided by breastmilk?
Breast milk alone does not provide infants with an adequate amount of vitamin D. Shortly after birth, most infants will need an additional source of vitamin D.
Do babies really need iron supplements?
Babies from birth to age 6 months should get 0.27 milligrams of iron a day. Breastfeeding moms should talk to their baby’s health care providers about iron supplements beginning at age 4 months if they take iron supplements during this time. Babies ages 7 months to 12 months should get much more — 11 milligrams a day.