February 3, 2006, Newsletter Issue #70: MYTH-Breastmilk does not contain enough iron for the babyīs needs

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Breastmilk contains just enough iron for the babyīs needs. If the baby is full term he will get enough iron from breastmilk to last him at least the first 6 months. Formulas contain too much iron, but this quantity may be necessary to ensure the baby absorbs enough to prevent iron deficiency. The iron in formula is poorly absorbed, and most of it, the baby poops out. Generally, there is no need to add other foods to breastmilk before about 6 months of age.

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