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Breastfeeding duration and iron levels.

The Question: Does breastfeeding for a longer time increase a child's risk of developing iron deficiency or iron deficiency anemia?

The Study: In this Canadian study, the records of nearly 1,650 healthy urban children were analyzed for duration of breastfeeding, iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia.

The Results: The longer the children were breastfed, the greater the chances of iron deficiency. However, the increase in iron deficiency anemia was not statistically significant.

Comment: Breastfeeding is still best for kids, and the longer the better. However, the longer children are breast fed, the greater their chances of iron deficiency. If that's the case, why isn't there an increase in iron deficiency anemia? One possible explanation is that these children are better able to use the iron they have or do a better job of preserving the iron they have.

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Title Annotation:In the Literature
Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jul 1, 2013
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