How much iron do I need every day?

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health recommends specific amounts of iron in our diet every day, depending on our age and gender. Here’s how much you need:

Recommended Dietary Allowances of Iron for Sri Lankans (1998)    
  Particulars Iron (mg/day)
Man Sedentary work 17
  Moderate work 17
  Heavy work 17
     
Woman Sedentary work 19
  Moderate work 19
  Heavy work 19
  Pregnant women-  
  Full Activity 23
  Reduced Activity 23
  Lactating woman-  
  0-6 months 19
  6-12 months 19
     
Infants 03-06 months  
  06-09 months  
  09-12 months  
     
Children 01-02 years 7
  02-03 years 8
  03-05 years 10
     
Boys 05-07 years 12
  07-10 years 16
  10-12 years 20
  12-14 years 23
  14-16 years 29
  16-18 years 34
     
Girls 05-07 years 12
  07-10 years 16
  10-12 years 21
  12-14 years 18
  14-16 years 20
  16-18 years 21

Source: Gazzette Extraordinary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka- 19.01.2005