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Is it safe for breastfeeding women to take ferrous salt?

Breastfeeding mothers pass on the iron in their own bodies to their babies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), infants should be   exclusively breast-fed for the first six months of life. It’s not known if ferrous salt passes through in the breast milk. It’s also not clear if it can harm nursing babies. Breastfeeding mothers should talk with their doctors before taking ferrous salt. If babies need more iron, iron-fortified baby formulas are available. Mothers also can gradually introduce iron-enriched solid foods while still breastfeeding.

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