How do I know whether my baby is getting enough iron?
Babies are born with a good store of iron, provided by you during a healthy pregnancy. Those initial iron reserves need to be maintained by an iron-rich diet of breastmilk or iron-fortified infant formula. If not maintained, these iron stores may become depleted by the time your baby is 4 to 6 months old.
Pound for pound, a 2-month-old baby needs eight times as much iron as a 30-year-old man. Iron contributes to your baby’s growth by helping to expand the number of red blood cells that help supply her body with oxygen.
If you are breastfeeding, your physician may prescribe a dietary supplement of iron. If you are formula-feeding, use an iron-fortified formula such as GERBER® GOOD START® Gentle.
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