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will breast feeding mother consuming iron and calcium tablets go to the infant through feeding?

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Dr. Christina Adberg
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not exactly: Breastmilk is notoriously low in iron, even if you take supplements. Similarly, although breastmilk is usually hight in calcium, the concentration of calcium in breastmilk is not really related to your calcium consumption. A nursing mother should have adequate intake of these nutrients to maintain her own stores, not to affect the milk's composition.
Answered on Mar 11, 2014

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