Lactating mothers face a unique challenge in ensuring adequate iron intake. First, they are likely to have depleted their iron stores by the end of their pregnancy and may have lost a large amount of blood during childbirth.1 Second, lactating women secrete a large amount of nutrients in their breastmilk.2 These factors combined can put them at risk for iron depletion or iron deficiency anemia.
If you're breast-feeding, talk to your doctor about how to get the right amount of iron for you and your infant.
1 Chan SM, Nelson EA, Leung SS, Li CY. Postnatal iron status of Hong Kong Chinese women in a longitudinal study of maternal nutrition. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2001;55(7):538-546.
2 Allen LH. Multiple micronutrients in pregnancy and lactation: an overview. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;81(5):1206S-1212S.