It is very important that women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or considering becoming pregnant have adequate dietary intake of iodine. MedPage Today reported on Oct. 18, 2013, "Formula as Good as Breastmilk for Iodine Levels."
Good nutrition is absolutely essential for the normal mental and physical development of newborns.
Better Health Channel notes that iodine deficiency is the world’s leading cause of preventable intellectual
disability or mental retardation in children.
Researchers reported newborns have sufficient iodine levels whether they're breastfed or formula fed.
Bryan Haugen, MD, of the University of Colorado, has said, "You think infants need to be breastfed to get good iodine, but this study found levels are the same if they're formula-fed."
Iodine is essential for thyroid hormone synthesis, and it is also necessary for normal mental and physical development during early life. The researchers have concluded that both breastfed and formula fed infants are generally iodine sufficient.