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.
Yes. If a breastfeeding woman was advised by her doctor to take iron supplements to improve her own iron levels, then it is fine for her to take the iron while breastfeeding.
Yes. You'll probably need to; you gave a lot of your iron to the baby during pregnancy, lost some with perinatal bleeding, and are still giving it in breast milk.

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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

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...

My iron levels keep falling low despite taking iron supplements since having baby 7 months ago. Not breast feeding anymore, eat healthy and trying to exercise but makes me feel so tired. I'm bruising easily and have dark circles under eyes which is unusua

Yes. Probably not that unusual but not normal. If your iron keeps dropping, that would indicate you are losing it somewhere, meaning bleeding. So a source of blood loss should be investigated. Also, taking vitamin c with the iron supplement and taking the iron on an empty stomach helps it get absorbed better. If your just can't build up with oral iron, you might need to get the iron intravenously. Read more...
More tests needed. Your physician needs to do a hemoglobin electophoresis to look for other problems. Read more...
Anemia. Your description sounds like you have anemia. You need to be worked up to determine the cause. I would recommend seeing your doctor. Read more...