Iron status in breast-fed infants

J Pediatr. 1995 Sep;127(3):429-31. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(95)70076-5.


Iron status of 30 infants who had been breast fed until their first birthday and who had never received cow milk, medicinal iron, or iron-enriched formula and cereals was investigated; 30% were anemic at 12 months of age. The duration of exclusive breast-feeding was significantly longer among nonanemic infants (6.5 vs 5.5 months). None of the infants who were exclusively breast fed for 7 months or more and 43% of those who were breast fed for a shorter time were anemic. Infants who were exclusively breast fed for a prolonged period had a good iron status at 12 and 24 months.

MeSH terms

  • Aging / blood
  • Anemia / blood
  • Anemia / epidemiology
  • Blood Cell Count
  • Breast Feeding* / statistics & numerical data
  • Hemoglobins / analysis
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Iron / blood*
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Time Factors


  • Hemoglobins
  • Iron