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July 1972

The Role of Fresh Cow's Milk in Iron Deficiency: II. Comparison of Fresh Cow's Milk With a Prepared Formula

Author Affiliations

Columbia, Mo
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(1):26-30. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110130028004

Compared with feeding a prepared formula for 12 months, introducing fresh cow's milk into the infant's diet at 2 months of age is associated with a significant degree of microcytosis, ferropenia, and minimal anemia in a group of infants having the same iron intake. This study suggests that factors in the diet other than the amount of iron are important in the etiology of iron deficiency.