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Guideline: Iron Supplementation in Postpartum Women

Geneva: World Health Organization; .
ISBN-13: 978-92-4-154958-5

Iron deficiency is one of the most common forms of nutritional deficiencies, particularly among vulnerable groups such as women, children and low-income populations. Iron deficiency often precedes anaemia, and anaemia during pregnancy is one of the strongest predictors of anaemia during the postpartum period, beginning just after childbirth throughout the subsequent 6 weeks. The consequences of iron deficiency and anaemia during the postpartum period can be serious and have long-term health implications for the mother and her infant.

This guideline reviews the evidence on the safety and effectiveness of iron supplementation in postpartum women.

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Guideline: Iron supplementation in postpartum women. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016.

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