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Can I take an Iron supplement while breastfeeding?

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maldivemoment Wed 24-Oct-12 20:56:24

Presently taking the multi-vitamins I used while pregnant but I'm now experiencing the joy that is post-partum hair loss sad and I've heard cranking up my iron intake may help. Spoke to pharmacist today and she said i should really see GP and have blood taken but that just seems like an awful faff!

What do you think? Also, if I do take an Iron supplement are they all much the same or is there a premium brand? (Baby is 4 months if that makes any difference)

Thanks in advance

carocaro Wed 24-Oct-12 20:58:54

I think you can take Spa Tone in orange juice, I think it says on the packed 'suitable when breastfeeding' but plesae double check.

chocoluvva Wed 24-Oct-12 21:02:47

Spatone is good - gentle on your stomach and well absorbed. Cheaper tablets tend to be less well absorbed and make you constipated.
Get a blood test done though as you'll definitely know how your iron stores are then.
Hair loss is very common at this stage of motherhood - oh the joys!

IShallCallYouSquishy Wed 24-Oct-12 21:02:51

I have no medical qualifications but if I can take doctor prescribed iron tablets while breastfeeding (5 month old since she was 9 weeks) then I reckon a supplement will be ok. I think maybe you should go and get a blood test to check your iron levels though.

Mibby Wed 24-Oct-12 21:02:51

Ive been taking Spatone once daily since DD was born, still bf at 23 months. Keeps my iron level at ' normal' and stops me feeling rotten

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