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Iron deficiency

Why your baby needs iron

Iron is essential for producing haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying part of red blood cells) and for brain development. A deficiency in iron can cause your baby to develop anaemia, which can lead to tiredness and lack of energy and may affect their learning of fundamental skills.

Providing iron through a weaning diet

At around 6 months of age, your baby’s natural store of iron runs out, so you must ensure they get enough iron from other foods when they start weaning. However, it’s not always easy for your baby to eat large amounts of iron-rich foods like red meat, chicken and fish at this stage. So to complement their weaning diet, if you are bottlefeeding you may like to consider moving your baby onto a follow-on milk.

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