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Full term infants have enough iron stores to last around five or six months. Although breastmilk does provide your baby with iron, the quantity may not be enough to satisfy the needs of a baby older than six months. Milk formulas are fortified with iron, however, you cannot rely on formula to give your baby all the right nutrients after the age of six months as only 40 or 50 percent of your baby’s iron requirements are met by consuming 500 to 600ml of iron-fortified formula each day. The remaining iron he needs must be provided from food sources. This is why introducing solids at the right time is important to provide a variety of nutrients required, particularly iron.