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A 50-year-old female asked:

1. im prone to low iron levels, how often should / can i take iron supplements in a year?

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Dr. Jaiprakash Thakor Jairam
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Basics: Best to check iron levels ,if low determine cause and treat.How much iron supplement and frequency of use will depend entirely on your blood results.Are you still menstruating for eg,if not then cause of low iron must be investigated.(diet,blood loss from other sites,gut?)If still menstruating,then how much ect.A visit to your GP with detailed history(family history as well)is required.

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How do I know if I should supplement my breast milk with formula?

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Can I take calcium supplements while breastfeeding?

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Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

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Dr. Shannon Cole
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Is it ok to supplement my breast milk with formula?

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Yes: Ideally, breast milk alone is best. If you need a break from breast feeding and you have enough milk feeding the baby breast milk in a bottle is a good idea. In the event that is not a consideration, for various reasons, supplementation with formula is fine. This is best tried after 2 weeks of breast feeding to avoid nipple confusion.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is taking my prenatal vitamin and a daily supplement together too much?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Probably: You just need to take one of them. I tell patients that a centrum or one a day or two flintstones chewables are just as good as an super expensive, designer prenatal vitamin.

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