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#1 of 3 Old 01-22-2013, 09:46 PM - Thread Starter
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DD2 just started solids with avocado and bananas this week. She is almost 7 months. The ped said she needs iron fortified cereal but I prefer not to. Is iron intake a big concern? I didn't worry about it with DD1. What kinds of vegetarian foods can I give her?

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Pediatricians tend to be concerned about iron intake because formula generally causes iron deficiency. Breastmilk is different. I never worried about iron with my son, since he was exclusively breastfed. When he started solids, I still didn't worry, because he still was getting breastmilk as his only milk. If you are getting enough iron, and breastfeeding, your child should also be getting enough iron.
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ditto pek.


i have a tendency to be anemic. so i upped my iron intake when bfeeding and dd was never anemic.


not all formula fed babies are deficient either. however i will say this is the first time i heard a ped. talk about this at 7 months without checking iron levels. 

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