Breast milk seems to prevent iron deficiency in babies

March 26, 2008 9:12:53 AM PDT
Full-term babies who are exclusively breast fed are not likely to be iron deficient at age 6 months even if their mothers were iron deficient during pregnancy.

Researchers say that while breast milk is low in iron infants can absorb it much more easily than iron in fortified formula.

Also, healthy full-term infants are also born with enough iron stores to deficiency unlikely in the first six months.

Authors of the study note there's no need to add iron rich foods or iron drops to the diets of healthy full-term babies who are exclusively breastfed before the age of 6 months.

Read more about this study in the International Breastfeeding Journal.