Recommended dietary allowance for iron

It is important to get enough iron in your diet. To find out how much iron you or your children need every day, see the table below.1

Recommended dietary guidelines for iron
Men

Adult

8 mg

Women

Adult (age 50 and older)

8 mg

Adult (ages 19 to 50)

18 mg

Pregnant

27 mg

Lactating

9 mg to 10 mg

Adolescents (ages 9 to 18)

Girls

8 mg to 15 mg

Boys

8 mg to 11 mg

Children (birth to age 8)

Ages 4 to 8

10 mg

Ages 1 to 3

7 mg

Infants (7 months to 1 year)

11 mg

Infants (birth to 6 months)

0.27 mg

Citations

  1. Panel on Micronutrients, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine–National Academy of Sciences (2001). Dietary reference intakes: Recommended intakes for individuals, vitamins. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc, pp. 772–773. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Last Updated: April 24, 2009

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