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#1 of 6 Old 04-21-2013, 12:18 PM - Thread Starter
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A pediatrician we recently had to visit wasn't very happy that I haven't started cereal with my 5 month old DD. I am ecologically breastfeeding and planning to start solids not till at least 6 months and only when she is ready to start it (which I think she will be). I haven't yet looked into which foods, etc to start with yet but am assuming veggies, fruits, etc. The ped told me she should be on cereal now because breastfeed babies will have low iron. She stated the Canadian Pediatrics association and other recommend this. I'm worried about giving her something so processed and potentially full of chemicals. Is cereal usually given at this age by other natural mama's out there? If not what is a good source of iron she can eat? My midwife had told me Baby can be exclusively breastfeed for up to a year and a vitamin d drops for here in Canada. She never mentioned iron difficiencies. Is the pediatrician just pushing this or is there evidence breathed babies really do need extra iron? She also chastised me about not vaccinating yet, but that's another story. She made me feel like a guilt mother who's not taking care of my baby. I was so angry when I left!
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It sounds like you know what is best for your child. My DS was almost exclusively breastfed for his first year and DD is now 8 months and although she's had a "taste" of some foods (sweet potatoes, bananas, etc.), she is exclusively breast fed. I say "taste" because she also tastes Lego, books and anything she can get her hands on, but I'm sure she's not ingesting anything, including the actual food. It seems your doctor is not a good fit for your family.
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No need for solids before 6 months and still no need for rice at that point. We don't really do grains at all before a year. Baby's don't really digest them at this age.

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You're on the right track, mama!  Keep up the good work.  :)

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Nope, don't need to start solids before 6 months and even then you can wait until they are ready. BF babies can have low iron, but I wouldn't give baby cereal for it as the iron in that is very poorly absorbed. Meat if you are ok with that is a great source and there are other sources too. Make sure you are keeping your iron up as the iron amounts in breastmilk while small are really well absorbed. My pediatrician said iron isn't typically a concern until 6 months or longer, especially if Mom's iron was good during pregnancy & breastfeeding.

Now if you baby is showing signs of low iron, it would be worth getting the babe tested, but it sounds like this is just a general recommendation from your pediatrician.

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I am really surprised to hear about the Candian rec. The American Academy of Pediatrics backed off the cereal recommendation twenty years ago. Solids are recommended after six months and unless you have a dinosaur they suggest real foods. BF are routinely recommended to take an iron supplement but I don't because the research that supports it is lame. (see kellymom.com) I do take an iron supplement personally and if my baby was shown to have low iron via a blood prick we would provide supplementation.


Besides, cereal is a lousy source for iron. Heme iron, like that in bm or meat, is much more easily absorbed. Many authorities now recommend the earlier introduction of heme sources.

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