Not enough iron comes from breastmilk

Not enough iron comes from breastmilk

Babies don’t get their iron from their breastfeeding mother’s diet

Michael K. Georgieff, MD

Dr. Michael Georgieff is the Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair in Pediatrics and a professor in the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Before they're born, babies take the iron they need from their mothers' wombs —as long as there's enough. And they use the extra for the first few months after birth, even if they're breastfed. The question is how much a mother's diet provides and whether supplementing iron will help.  Dr. Michael Georgieff, one the world's experts on iron in infancy, explains for Nutrition4Kids viewers why a baby's brain and organ development need iron in this video series of answers to parents' questions about iron's role in a baby's life, extending from the time of conception, through pregnancy until a toddler turns two.

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