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Doctor insights on: Iron Supplements While Breastfeeding

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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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What kind of iron supplements should a baby be taking?

What kind of iron supplements should a baby be taking?

Let me help: Infants and toddlers need more iron than adults, in general, because their bodies are growing so quickly. In childhood, boys and girls need the same amount of iron -- 10 milligrams daily from ages 4 to 8, and 8 mg daily from ages 9 to 13. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements turn your pee green?

Can iron supplements turn your pee green?

Urine Color: Depending on the dye used in your particular supplement it certainly could cause your urine to be green. ...Read more

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Could iron supplements give you depression?

Could iron supplements give you depression?

I haven't seen this: I haven't seen iron supplements directly cause depression. However, I've seen people who are anemic from various causes, be depressed. If the anemia is an iron-deficiency one, replenishing iron (through iron supplements) generally helps. If the person has an iron storage disease of some kind, s/he might feel worse/depressed with iron -- and shouldn't take it anyway. See comment below. ...Read more

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Can I treat depression with OTC iron supplements?

Can I treat depression with OTC iron supplements?

Not necessarily...: Only if you think your depression is specifically caused by iron deficiency anemia, because that's all you'll be treating. That being said, there are people who need only that, so by all means give it a try. If after 6 weeks of a good dose (at least 2 tabs daily) you still feel blah, see your doc. Don't forget to increase fiber or add colace (docusate sodium). CONSTIPATION! And if u want to hurt yrself get help now. ...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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Can iron supplements help stool return normal colour?

Can iron supplements help stool return normal colour?

DARK STOOLS: Ironsupplements cause change in color of the stools from dark to black in most. . Actually according to universaty of maryland it is a desirable side effect, as it means that the if stool does not turn black in color, that means the iron is not getting absorped. This often happens with coated tablets or supplement intended for long term use. If stool does not turn black ask doctor to change brand. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take iron supplements while on an antibiotic?

Is it safe to take iron supplements while on an antibiotic?

Likely yes.: Unless you have excess iron in your body, like in a disease called hemochromatosis, it is likely to be no problem taking iron supplements. In fact, a woman of your age should keep taking them to offset possible loss of iron with your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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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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Can I take two different types of iron supplements for anemia?

Can I take two different types of iron supplements for anemia?

Why?: There is no need to take 2 different ones. If you are iron deficient and you are absorbing the iron, take one type. Ferrous sulfate is the most common form and no reason to take more than 3 tablets a day. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Should iron supplements be stopped while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Should iron supplements be stopped while on coumadin (warfarin)?

No: There is no interaction between iron and warfarin. You should only be on iron if you are iron deficient, common causes of iron deficiency are gastrointestinal blood loss from colon polyps, inflammation, tumors or other problems. Warfarin may increase the blood loss from any of these causes. If you are iron deficient, the cause needs to be determined, especially for someone on warfarin. ...Read more

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What is the maximum dose os iron supplements used for treating anemia?

What is the maximum dose os iron supplements used for treating anemia?

Type: Type of iron supplement is also important. Some are harsher than others. Stick with the polysaccharide kind and avoid the sulfate. Extra vitamin c helps iron absorption, so you may not need as much. ...Read more

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Iron supplements for anemia taste like death. Why are they so terrible tasting?

Metal: It's mostly because they contain metal, therefore they have a bad metallic taste. There are some varieties that may taste slightly better, like slow release preparations or children preparations but they usually have a lower absorbtion rate for iron so if you can stick to your pills it's probably better. ...Read more

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Docs, 4 weeks preg, do you recommend elevit multi and ferro tab iron supplements?

Prenatal vitamin: You may use any prenatal vitamin that you like. There are many many brands available. You only need an iron supplement if you are anemic. This is usually tested your fist visit. ...Read more

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I'm taking iron supplements and feeling dizzy. Could the supplements be causing this?

Usually GI issues: Oral iron most commonly causes GI side effects - constipation etc. Dizziness would be possible, but less likely. ...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. William Singer
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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