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BFing and slight iron deficiency, linked?

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FairMidden Wed 29-Jul-09 13:01:47

I have been BFing DS for 2 years and 5 days now grin and I recently had some bloods done for another reason and it was noted that I have a mild iron deficiency.

I've never been low on iron before, even during pregnancy, and I eat a reasonable amount of iron-rich foods. I do drink too much tea though. I feel fine - no more tired than usual - so I'm not worried. Just curious about whether this may relate to BFing and I can't seem to find anything related on kellymom.

WoTmania Wed 29-Jul-09 13:12:54

tea and coffee can inhibit iron uptake. As can dairy and whol;e grain foods. Can't type aymore as Ss kilig each other.

tiktok Wed 29-Jul-09 13:34:59

FairMidden - you could ask doc or practice nurse. Do you have heavy/heavier periods? Bf is generally reckoned to be protective of a woman's iron status because it suppresses menstruation, but this might not apply to you now.

FairMidden Wed 29-Jul-09 14:25:00

Thanks for the responses.

The doctor was quite dismissive - the iron thing was an incidental finding and doesn't seem to be of any significance. I did mention breastfeeding as a possible contributor but she didn't really say anything on the subject. Just that I should eat some black pudding ...

I try to avoid tea with meals but I have been drinking a lot less orange juice recently because DS always wants more of it than I would like him to have - so I may have to start drinking it from a mug with my meals!

Although when they started again (just over a year ago) I had really heavy periods, they're settling down now and aren't anything major.

tiktok Wed 29-Jul-09 14:42:41

Could be the heavy periods to blame, FM, and you may getting back to normal now. Maybe you were more deficient in iron a few months ago.

FairMidden Wed 29-Jul-09 16:27:14

Good point tiktok. Ah well, venison burgers for dinner anyway ... grin

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