I have been BFing DS for 2 years and 5 days now 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.
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.
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.