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Child has iron deficiency. Is my breast milk low in iron?

hi Dr my son is 1year 1month, i was told he has iro-deficeicy on Saturday, they gave him medition to take for the next 6 weeks, i ve never use formular im only breastfeeding till now. i had bleeding problem when i was young they Drs told me it will phase out as i grow and it did stop. my period last for 7days. When i was pregnant my test where all fine they never said i was aneamic. is my breast milk low on iron? Should i take supplement as well as im still breastfeeding? my son love sour milk and as im searching i can see that cow milk is not good, should i stop giving him sour milk? is this a permanent condition? thank you!!
Asked On : Sun, 5 Aug 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
Breast milk is the best source of iron and sufficient iron will be transferred to the child eventhough mother has low iron stores through selective secretion of iron into milk.
Cow milk is a poor source of iron and excessive consumption of cow milk leads to iron deficiency anemia.
Iron deficiency anemia can be treated by giving therapeutic iron syrup preparations for 1 to 3 months.
You can give iron rich foods like green leafy vegetables, raagi, jaggery as a food supplementation in addition to iron treatment.
Deworming should be done if there are signs of worm infestation or as a routine if not done previously.
It is not a permanent condition and it is treated easily.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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