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)
- 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.