The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Consult your doctor for advice on when to introduce complementary foods to your baby. Breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible after introduction of complementary foods.
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A. Iron deficiency Anemia is the world’s most common nutrition problem: 1 in 5 women are iron-deficient! It’s good to know that taking care of your diet helps in the prevention and treatment of iron deficiency.
You can find iron in red meat and chicken, legumes such as lentils, beans and chickpeas,green leafy vegetables such spinach, parsley and swisschard, dried fruits like dates and raisins, nuts and iron-fortified breakfast cereals. Keep in mind that the absorption of iron from meats is much higher than the absorption from vegetarian food sources. The good news is that vitamin C helps in iron absorption from vegetable sources so make sure to have a vitamin C -rich food source with your meal. Vitamin C-rich foods include oranges, lemons, strawberries, kiwi, melon, sweet pepper, tomatoes and broccoli. For example, you can have a cabbage and tomato salad with lemon juice dressing with your moujaddara plate (lentils) or squeeze some lemon juice over your spinach stew.
Don’t forget to schedule a follow-up with your doctor to re-check your iron status and if you are still feeling tired, dizzy or headaches, then ask him about taking iron supplements.
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