Jocelyn is breastfed, and loves finger foods.
Should I worry? Feed her steak? (kidding..)
Mama to Jon (14), Josh (12), Jack (5), Jamison (3), and Jocelyn (9 months)
But it might be worth looking into an underlying cause, because that is kind of low for a breastfed baby that eats finger foods. Does she have any GI issues? Maybe you should cut dairy out of both of your diets for a while to see if that helps too. Has she been sick recently? Any reason why her iron levels would be lower?
Also, if she has recently had a cold, fever, or some other type of stress, her iron is likely to be low. When your body is stressed, it uses iron rapidly. A few weeks should allow her to stabilize again if that was the cause. And, again, iron rich foods are always a good idea...low iron or not.
"If you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten."
I do give my 8 mo old steak, he loves it.
I just got a lecture at WIC about my son's average, his was 11 and he just was sick, so I wasn't concerned, but a number as low as an 8.8, I'd go in and get that checked out.
IMO, if breastmilk has little to no iron content, there is good reason for that. Who decides what the the hemoglobin of a nine month old should be anyway? Most babies are fed formula which contains iron so if the norm is based off those babies, we have no idea what is normal for a healthy breastfed baby. Does that make sense?
Here's a good list
prob a daft question, do 9mth olds normally get a heal prick test? and whats WIC?
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i also "cheat" a little and add the earth's best oatmeal which is iron fortified to liquidy things like soup, chili, sauces, yogurt, etc.... actually with the yogurt it's really helpful since i try to do the plain unsweetened stuff and it takes out some of that tang.