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    Default Re: Benefits for the formula fed at 6 mths?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*petal View Post
    In fact I had always thought that BM got no iron in it, and the baby is stored up with iron from before birth in womb. That's why we had to start our BFkng babies on solids at 6 mths b/c that's when the pre-birth stored iron levels are dropping low?
    Breastmilk does, in fact, have iron in it. From the BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK: "Although the amount of iron in human milk is small, it is well-absorbed--between 20 and 40 percent, as opposed to the 4 percent absorbed from iron-fortified formula (Griffin and Abrams 2001). The high lactose and vitamin C levels in human milk aid in the absorption of iron." Additionally, "Breastfed babies do not lose iron through their bowels, as do babies fed cow's milk, which has been found to cause intestinal fissures (Woodruff 1977)."

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    Default Re: Benefits for the formula fed at 6 mths?

    I looked at formula today and it all is iron fortified--at least all that I saw.


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    Thumbs up Re: Benefits for the formula fed at 6 mths?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*moose View Post
    "Although the amount of iron in human milk is small, it is well-absorbed--between 20 and 40 percent, as opposed to the 4 percent absorbed from iron-fortified formula (Griffin and Abrams 2001). The high lactose and vitamin C levels in human milk aid in the absorption of iron."
    Now now that is very very interesting! I can see why some people are very mislead at the small amount of iron found in BM, but what they didn't realised it actually gets absorb far more than a FF baby gets it from it's milk.

    Thanks for looking it up about formula!

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    Default Re: Benefits for the formula fed at 6 mths?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*petal View Post
    Now now that is very very interesting! I can see why some people are very mislead at the small amount of iron found in BM, but what they didn't realised it actually gets absorb far more than a FF baby gets it from it's milk.

    Thanks for looking it up about formula!
    This is one of the reasons my dr told me to keep breastfeeding Caitlyn. She is slightly anemic and they said that cows milk will stop her from absorbing the iron she needs, so breastmilk was the best thing for her
    Who am I to argue?

    btw, the twins were ff and all the formula I found had iron in it. We were told not to start them on solids until they were at least 6 months old because a babies digestive system isn't ready for solids until they are 6 months old.
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