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which baby's more prone to iron deficiency anemia on breast feeding or formula ( cow's milk) and why ?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Cow's milk ingestion: is associated with a higher incidence of iron deficiency. Neither C or Breast M contain iron, but iron in the diet is absorbed more readily with BM than with CM :https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/577504. Also, a small number of infants develop sensitivity to CM protein, which causes trace blood loss from the intestine. Low iron causes long term affects on learning and focus so prevent and Rx

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