Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers deficient in iodine

Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers may be deficient in iodine, according to new research.

The study of 587 new mothers involved an initial interview and follow-up interviews at four, ten, 16, 22, 40 and 52 weeks postpartum.

Researchers found that 80% of new mothers took a folic acid supplement during pregnancy and 21% took an iron supplement. No mothers reported taking iodine supplements.

Doctors in Australia recommend a daily intake of iodine during pregnancy and breastfeeding to ensure sufficient iodine content in the milk for optimal child development, particularly of the nervous system.

Read more at Murdoch University