The Importance of Iron when Weaning

Having enough iron in the weaning diet is important to help your baby grow and develop. Your little one is born with iron stores however from about 6 months of age their iron stores begin to deplete and food sources of iron become very important.

There are two types of iron in food: haem iron and non-haem iron. Haem iron is more easily absorbed and non-haem iron is less easily absorbed by the body.

Here is a list of foods that contain iron that should be included in your baby’s weaning diet:

Sources of haem iron:

  • Red meat e.g. beef, pork, lamb (this is the best source of iron)
  • Poultry e.g. chicken, turkey

Sources of non-haem iron:

  • Eggs (well-cooked)
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Green leafy vegetables e.g. spinach, broccoli

Eating foods rich in vitamin C improves iron absorption from these foods. So it’s a good idea to include some of the following foods at the same time or just after an iron rich meal: oranges, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, and fresh vegetables.


For more information about iron in the weaning diet contact our Careline at 1800 570 570.