Iron and the exclusively breast-fed infant from birth to six months

Burris R Duncan, Ronald B Schifman, James J. Corrigan, Catherine Schaefer

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Abstract

This study was designed to determine whether normal, full-term, exclusively breast-fed infants develop iron deficiency anemia, as defined by hemoglobin or red blood cell indices more than two standard deviations below the age-specific mean, or depletion of iron stores, as defined by an abnormally low serum ferritin level. Thirty-three breast-fed infants were followed from birth to 6 months. Maternal blood and cord blood at delivery, and venous blood from the infants at 2, 4, and 6 months were analyzed for anemia as defined above. At 6 months of age, the mean hemoglobin concentration of these infants was slightly higher than the normal mean; four of 33 infants (12%) had a mean corpuscular volume >2 SD below the reported normal mean; and two of 33 infants (6%) had a serum ferritin level <12 ng protein/ml. These data suggest that the infant who is exclusively breast-fed for the first 6 months of life is not at high risk for the development of iron deficiency anemia or the depletion of iron stores during that time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-425
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Volume4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985

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Keywords

  • Breast-Feeding
  • Ferritin level
  • Hemoglobin
  • Iron deficiency anemia

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Histology

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Iron and the exclusively breast-fed infant from birth to six months. / Duncan, Burris R; Schifman, Ronald B; Corrigan, James J.; Schaefer, Catherine.

In: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1985, p. 421-425.

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