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J Pediatr. 2007 Oct;151(4):438-40.

Routine iron supplementation in pregnancy has no effect on iron status of children at six months and four years of age.

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  • 1Child Nutrition Research Centre, Flinders Medical Centre and Women's & Children's Hospital, Child Health Research Institute, North Adelaide, Australia.


The iron status at 6 months and 4 years of children born to women who were randomly allocated to receive 20 mg of iron daily in the second half of pregnancy did not differ from children of mothers in the control group.

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