Why little ones need extra iron
Up until the age of six months, babies rely on the iron stores they were born with. After this, their iron levels need to be topped up by food sources. If a toddler doesn’t eat enough iron-rich foods to meet their needs, they may become iron deficient. And fussy eating – another common issue at this age – can certainly make the situation worse. For everyone!
If your toddler is a fussy eater or their intake of iron-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, lentils and fortified foods including breakfast cereals is limited, they may well benefit from the continued use of a formula milk. At this stage it would be a Growing up Milk after one year.
These Growing up Milks usually contain 40 times more iron than whole cows’ milk. But don’t think it means you can stop encouraging your little one to eat other foods. Variety isn’t just the spice of life. It’s the key to a healthier diet for your growing child.