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Risk of Iron Deficiency in Children

Babies should drink breastmilk or iron-fortified formula during the first year. Drinking cow's milk or other types of milk before the first birthday increases the risk of iron deficiency because they are low in iron. In addition, cow's milk can cause irritation of the intestine that can lead to bleeding, which also increases the risk of iron deficiency.

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