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You didn't mention the age of the baby -- at ds' 9-mo checkup, his iron was borderline as well. My elderly male ped said that in the maaaaaany years of his practice, he found it to be a common occurence in bf babies at around this age, and assumed it to be a normal change that usually resolved itself in the next few months.
He offered supplements, but said that they were awfully hard on the system and since ds was nibbling solids that I could just encourage iron-rich foods. He also asked if I was nursing on demand, and said to continue doing so and we'd recheck at the one-year. He was quite unconcerned about it all, and we never did bother to supplement. I'm still in the habit of checking the iron content of any labeled foods, and am deeply glad that ds has always loved spinach salads. We also cook in cast iron quite a bit, and that helps.