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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should definitely continue to take iron supplements while breastfeeding. Breast milk has tremendous nutritional and immunologic value for infants, but the iron content may be insufficient as the infant grows. To make sure that both your baby and you have adequate iron for health blood production, you should typically continue your prenatal vitamins while lactating. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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Should I take iron supplements when I have constant fatigue?

Should I take iron supplements when I have constant fatigue?

Maybe: Get checked by an md, iron only works for iron defiency, could be other things, and it could be serious. ...Read more

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If my hemoglobin is 13.5 and my iron saturation level is at an 8 should I take iron supplements?

If my hemoglobin is 13.5 and my iron saturation level is at an 8 should I take  iron supplements?

Probably: You are not anemic, but probably are tending toward iron deficiency. Talk to the doc who ordered the tests for guidance on more testing and/or therapy. ...Read more

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I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

Depends : Have your blood count checked to see if you are anemic. Most vegetarians can get adequate amounts of iron through their diet provided they eat a healthy and varied diet. ...Read more

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My ferritin is low, 15 ng/ml. Should I take iron supplements? How much, how often, and what type?

Find cause: Iron deficiency in a man is stomach or colon cancer, or a stomach ulcer, until proved otherwise. You may also have low iron from chronic inflammation from your psoriatic arthritis. It's actually even more complicated. Your physician should have told you this already. ...Read more

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Can I take iron supplements without consulting a physician first?

Can I take iron supplements without consulting a physician first?

Of course. The issue: is the situation & wisdom of doing so. Iron, like everything else needed by the body, in excess, is also toxic/fatal. For iron, this is called hemochromatosis & results in multiple organ damage. For this reason, most OTC supplements are weak/low-dose; thus often not effective if iron stores are very low. So bigger issue: what is the concern & reason for the concern? Docs can potentially help you. ...Read more

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I have low iron levels 5.7, I have had a colonoscopy and gastronoscopy and there was no bleeding found. I take iron supplements but still no change. ?

I have low iron levels 5.7, I have had a colonoscopy and gastronoscopy  and there was no bleeding found. I take iron supplements but still no change. ?

Gluten: You may have gluten sensitivity, which can damage your gut cells. Damaged cells may not do a good job of absorbing the nutrients you eat. Consider taking vitamin c as this enhances iron absorption. Consider switching to a different form of iron, such as polysacaride. ...Read more

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Will i gain weight if i take iron supplements ?

No: No taking iron supplement will not make you gain weight. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more