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Originally Posted by MamaFae
I would take a look at your diet as well. See how you can increase your own iron intake. One simple way is to cook some of your meals in a cast iron skillet. Also taking liquid Chlorophyll is a great way to boost your iron.
|Note: Additional iron intake by the mother will not increase iron levels in breastmilk, even if the mother is anemic. Iron supplements taken by mom may produce constipation in baby. Anemia in the nursing mother has been associated with poor milk supply, however.|
Originally Posted by mahogny
This is a fabulous idea, as low iron isn't a good idea for anybody, including Mommy. However, keep in mind that you could eat the entire iron skillet itself, and it still wouldn't boost the iron in your breastmilk. There's no way to boost the iron level in your milk. Believe me, when my son came up so anemic, this was the first thing I looked at. I researched and researched, and everything said the same thing. Bummer, too, as my son had an oral aversion so giving me iron-rich foods to up the iron in my milk would have been infinitely easier than giving my son the drops.
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