Iron Recommendations for Formula

Iron

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) firmly recommends that a child consume breast milk throughout a child's first year of life. Once breast milk is discontinued and/or supplementation is needed, an iron-fortified formula containing 4-12 mg/liter should be utilized. Additionally, once solid foods are initiated into the diet, they should be fortified with iron.

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency affecting older infants, young children and premenopausal women. Due to their increased need for iron, low iron stores, and relatively low dietary iron intake, young children can be the most susceptible to this iron deficiency. Iron is important in the development of psychomotor skills and avoidance of anemia and its side effects. The AAP strongly encourages the use of iron-fortified foods and formula for young children. It is because of this information that we feel strongly about including a good source/amount of iron to benefit children and avoid any risks of iron deficiency.

The iron source that is used in Baby’s Only Organic® Toddler Formulas is from ferrous sulfate. This is one of the more easily absorbable forms of iron. Please see the following link:

AAP Iron Article

There is a common thought that iron supplementation results in much distress for an infant. However, studies comparing both low-iron and iron-fortified formulas found no differences in the prevalence of fussiness, cramping, colic or gas. In fact, therapeutic supplementation of up to 6 mg/kg/day given to infants was well-tolerated.

Iron is added at the level recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. Inappropriate dietary iron could result in anemia, weakness, muscle fatigue, abnormal gastrointestinal motility, and a reduction of cognitive ability. This reduction in cognition has been shown to be irreversible, even once a normal iron level is retained. Please see the following link:

Iron Deficiency in Infants

 

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