Iron is essential not only during pregnancy but also in your baby’s early postnatal life. Reports say that it is vital in “neurogenesis and differentiation of certain brain regions and brain cells.”
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), your baby has enough iron stores that can last for 4 months after birth. If he or she is exclusively breastfeeding, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about iron-supplementation as breast milk has very little iron.
Once your baby starts with solid foods, you can give them the following iron-rich foods:
- Beans and lentils
- Dark, leafy vegetables
- Fortified bread
- Baked potatoes
Zinc is also one of the nutrients for a baby’s brain development. According to at least one report, this nutrient is vital in the formation of brain cells or neurons. Moreover, it boosts the formation of synapses, the space between two cells where they communicate with each other. In other words, zinc deficiency may affect a child’s behavior and development.
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