May 1980

Inhibition of Iron Absorption From Human Milk by Baby Food

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York; and the Department of Medicine, Veterans Administration Hospital, Syracuse, NY.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(5):459-460. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130170009004

• We measured the effect of a common baby food, strained pears, on the absorption of iron from human milk. Five adult subjects were initially fed 1 dL of human milk that contained added ferrous citrate Fe 59; the same subjects were later fed human milk and one jar of baby food. Incorporation of 59Fe into RBCs averaged approximately one quarter of the administered iron from the human milk. When the milk was combined with the baby food, incorporation was significantly decreased. The addition of a supplemental food to the diet of the breast-fed infant impairs the bioavailability of the iron from human milk.

(Am J Dis Child 134:459-460, 1980)