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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Troy McGuire
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Troy McGuire
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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