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Taking Iron While Breastfeeding


If you have postpartum anemia, you may be wondering if its safe to treat it with iron supplements while breastfeeding. "It is a very good idea for parents to take iron while breastfeeding if they have been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia," said Kyle Graham, M.D., a board-certified OBGYN at Obstetrics and Gynecology of San Jose, part of Pediatrix® Medical Group. You’ll want to be sure you’re taking the right amount of iron supplement for you. "It is possible to take too much iron, so you'll want to take the medication as prescribed by your doctor," said Dr. Graham, adding that taking too much iron can lead to digestive symptoms like gas and constipation.


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