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Oh arse. Calcium & iron absorption

(3 Posts)
EdieMcGreedy Wed 20-Jul-11 21:57:02

I've been adding cheese or butter to (pretty much) all low birthweight DS's meals since he was weaned at 6 months (EBF til then, he's 15 months now) to help with his weight gain and because he won't eat cheese by itself. Now I've just read even a tiny bit of calcium inhibits iron absorption quite dramatically so dairy foods shouldn't be served with milk. He does get tired frequently during the day, maybe this is why.

I'm worrying about what I've done now. Does anyone know much about this kind of thing?

DBennett Wed 20-Jul-11 23:22:09

I'm sorry, I don't really understand what your concern is.

Do you know that he's iron deficient?
If so, what was your G.P.s advice?

And I can't get my head round:

"so dairy foods shouldn't be served with milk"

Which I hope contains an error or I need to rethink what dairy means to me...

Seona1973 Thu 21-Jul-11 08:15:12

I think you are worrying about nothing. Do you mean dairy shouldnt be served with meat (protein)? Add in some food rich in vitamin C and it will aid iron absorption

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