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22 April 2013

Breast-fed kids may have low iron levels

Complementary foods should include iron-rich items, experts say.

Although breast-feeding is generally considered the best way to nourish an infant, new research suggests that in the long term it may lead to lower levels of iron.

The study, released online in the journal Pediatrics, did not, however, find a statistical relationship between the duration of breast-feeding and iron deficiency anaemia. Anaemia is a condition in which the body has too few red blood cells.

Importance of iron

The researchers also noted an association between greater daily cow's milk consumption and lower iron levels, according to the study.

Learn more about the benefits of breast-feeding from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


 
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