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Table 2 Distribution of mean haemoglobin (Hb), serum iron (SI), total iron binding capacity (TIBC), percent transferrin saturation (%TS) and serum ferritin of babies in cord blood, 14 weeks and 6 months after delivery

From: A prospective study of iron status in exclusively breastfed term infants up to 6 months of age

  Group Cord blood p value* 14 weeks# p value 6 months**
Hb (g/dl) A 17.4 ± 1.6 <0.01 12.5 ± 0.6 0.01 11.5 ± 0.5
  B 16.6 ± 1.8 <0.01 11.6 ± 0.9 0.05 11.2 ± 0.5
SI (μg/dl) A 139.8 ± 28.8 <0.01 88.3 ± 12.2 <0.01 70.8 ± 7.2
  B 144.2 ± 36.5 <0.01 82.5 ± 13.1 <0.01 65.70 ± 9.0
TIBC (μg/dl) A 271.0 ± 46.8 <0.01 308.8 ± 36.8 0.08 321.3 ± 34.1
  B 281.0 ± 49.2 <0.01 307.2 ± 37.4 <0.01 333.8 ± 29.3
%TS A 57.0 ± 10.8 <0.01 28.9 ± 4.0 <0.01 22.3 ± 3.1
  B 56.7 ± 11.4 <0.01 27.5 ± 6.0 <0.01 19.8 ± 2.8
Serum ferritin (ng/ml) A 132.8 ± 15.2 <0.01 54.6 ± 9.7 <0.01 17.8 ± 6.5
  B 133.6 ± 9.0 <0.01 55.0 ± 8.5 <0.01 17.7 ± 6.4
  1. All values are mean ± SD.
  2. # n = 68 (Group A), n = 61 (Group B).
  3. **n = 52 (Group A), n = 50 (Group B).
  4. *p value within each group between day 1 and 14 weeks.
  5. p value within each group between 14 weeks and 6 months.