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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

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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I am taking iron supplements with a prenatal everyday can I also take calcium with vitamin D? Currently breastfeeding my 5 week old daughter

I am taking iron supplements with a prenatal everyday can I also take calcium with vitamin D? Currently breastfeeding my 5 week old daughter

Baby needs vitamin D: Your infant needs 400 IU vitamin D daily as a supplement as she is breastfeeding. You have adequate vitamin and mineral intake if you are still taking your prenatals. Additional calcium and vitamin D for you is not necessary. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause metallic taste in mouth?

Do iron supplements cause metallic taste in mouth?

Yes, possibly: There may be taste changes with taking iron supplements... Are you taking them just as a supplement? Or in treatment of a true iron deficiency. If you are getting too much iron - side effects may be worse. Check with your md before taking too much iron. The other main side effect of iron supplementation is constipation - very important to take with at least 60-80 oz water a day and fiber! ...Read more

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What are treatments for idiopathic anemia sideroblastica when iron supplements do not work? Still no cause found but possible absorption problem. Thanks

What are treatments for idiopathic anemia sideroblastica when iron supplements do not work? Still no cause found but possible absorption problem. Thanks

Transfusion?: In sideroblastic anemia, the body has iron available but can not incorporate it into hemoglobin which is needed to transport oxygen. It can be genetic (likely not in your case), acquired as a type of myelodysplastic syndrome, or the result of alcohol overuse, pyridoxine/B6 deficiency, lead poisoning, etc. Transfusion may be necessary; high dose B6 may be tried. Severe: bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

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Will iron supplements cause an appetite increase?

Will iron supplements cause an appetite increase?

Iron supplement: Iron is not known to increase appetite. Instead, it may cause dyspepsia, bloating thereby decreased appetite. Good for you bcoz you will not quit taking it. It can also cause constipation or sometimes diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements cause skin darkening?

Can iron supplements cause skin darkening?

Possibly: Oral iron supplements do not cause skin color changes. Iron injections into muscle or skin can result is iron deposits in the skin causing color change locally at the site of injection. If your skin is changing color all over, however, and you are iron deficient, you should be seeing your doctor since some rare skin changes like color change are a distant manifestation rarely of a hidden cancer. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Sometimes: When a child's anemia reaches levels where therapeutic iron is needed, cramps & constipation are seen occasionally. Full srength juices will sometimes counter the effect. It is not seen from the iron content of regular formulas. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Not normally but...: I would think that not in normal circumstances, but I would research and also see a dentist. If you are getting a lot of cavities, you may have other causes. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause black tarry stools?

Do iron supplements cause black tarry stools?

Usually: You shoud check with an md, because it could be something serious, but yes, it can be from iron. ...Read more

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If my baby has anemia, is it safe to give him iron supplements?

If my baby has anemia, is it safe to give him iron supplements?

No: If your doctor tells you that your baby is anemic, she will discuss with you the type of anemia and its cause. She will explain that sometimes iron is an appropriate therapy, sometimes other medicines will be better. In fact, sometimes iron is a bad treatment, depending on the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements cause migraines?

Maybe anemia: I'm not aware of iron causing migraines however there is an association between migraines and anemia. We often see women your age with heavy periods often from uterine fibroids which can commonly cause migraines. The anemia is often first treated medically with iron supplements. Do you have heavy periods? Change pads more frequently than every 3 hours? Are your migraines worse with your menstrual? ...Read more

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What if an anemic child won't respond to iron supplements?

What if an anemic child won't respond to iron supplements?

Other cause: If a child is anemic iron deficiency is the most common but should respond to iron. There are other causes other than iron deficiency. Ask your pediatrician. Further testing may need to be done to find out ...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. Herman Hammerstead
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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