Originally Posted by chinaKat
What you want to avoid is chipping the paint and exposing the layers underneath. Definitely don't do any sanding. And, obviously, don't let you baby gum the windowsills or anything like that.
This. The only time it becomes a problem is if you need to remove it or disturb it (sanding, removing sections of wall, etc.)
As for the nutritional stuff, it sounds like you are breastfeeding on demand? With breastfeeding I'm fairly certain that calcium isn't so much an issue for your LO as for you. Your body will do what it needs to in order to make sure that baby receives enough calcium. This means that if there's not enough calcium in your diet, your body would take it from your bones and give it to your DD. If you are worried about it though, I'd make sure you were taking a 1000mg food based calcium supplement each day. But again, your DD should be fine on this front.
As for iron, I've heard mixed messages about what a baby's iron needs are after a certain stage in their lives. If you are really worried about it, and your DD is showing interest in solids, you could try offering iron rich foods again. And make sure that YOUR diet is choc full of iron rich foods like dark leafy greens, good grass fed red meats, egg yolks, etc.
One tip, make sure that you're not introducing calcium and iron together. Calcium blocks the absorption of iron. So no glass of milk with your steak!
Life can be so difficult, and when something potentially large and devastating (like lead) comes up, it can really, really be hard. Tell yourself (as hard as it is) not to worry. It sounds like you're doing a great job. Hugs mama!