So I got a recommendation from folks who live around here (no one in my town is AP that I can tell), and went to the new one for the 6 month visit. Ok, so we were a month late (and we had skipped the 4 month one), but I just wanted someone to look at their ears to be sure there were no ear infections, listen to their hearts and check their feet (ds had to wear a brace). I knew that they were developmentally on track with height and weight, as well as with all their milestones.
So... the new doc figures out we don't vax and trips. I cite relgious reasons and he still tries to convince me that we are making a huge mistake. I had to listen to several of his tetanus horror stories. He totally freaked dh out (who had previously left the decision up to me).
He did a bunch of other irritating things, but the thing that bothered me the most was that he did a hematocrit and both girls had low iron. He suggested feeding more solids and vitamin drops. He also wanted their levels checked in 6 weeks.
Tab was the lowest at 27 and Tris was borderline at 32. Tris is a great eater when we do offer solids (1-2x week) and Tab is not as ready, so this makes sense. I also read that early anemia sometimes happens in preemie babies, because their iron stores are incomplete. They are NOT anemic IMO. They are extremely alert, active and voracious nursers.
Well, we *won't* ever go back to him, but I am worried that if I don't have them checked he'll call CPS (he is already really ticked at me for not vaxing).
So I am thinking of offering more iron rich foods (pureed or mashed since they really aren't ready for finger foods), and having our old doc office check their levels in 6 weeks.
I got a list of foods from kellymom.
Did anyone else have this happen with your 6mo? What did you do? I didn't even realize that they checked iron levels this early. Is it just this jerky doc or do they all want to?
BTW I read his info sheet and he recommends that babies at 6 mos be eating solids 3x a day and only bfing 3x a day. He also suggests that babies should be sleeping thru the night at 6mos and that they should be put in their cribs with no "sleep props". Arg!!!!!!!!!!!
If you do decide to supplement them with iron, I've heard really good things about the Floradix iron supplements (the yeast and honey free version).
I was under the impression that iron levels weren't usually checked until the 9 month appointment. It would also be worthwhile to have the recheck done with a venous draw rather than a fingerstick, which can give inaccurate readings especially if the finger was squeezed to get more blood out.
If you're worried about him calling CPS, I would gather your information sources so you have a nice little packet of info to back up your choices. Also remember if they come over for a surprise visit, you don't have to let them in without a warrant. If you do decide to let them come over, make sure your house is relatively clean and your pantry is stocked. But I hope it won't get to this.
Hang in there!
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She was a little low but nothing serious.
keep in mind that solids block their ability to absorb iron from breastmilk. Its best to offer solids an hour or so after nursing since most milk will be digested by then
Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan age8, Ava age 4 and baby Georgia (6/3/11).
Then, I think the second doctor will feel it is not his issue anymore, since you are now the nice doctor's responsiblity/problem.
I want to believe that my bm is enough. Dr. Jay Gordon says that exclusively bf babies shouldn't need supplemental iron for the first year, so what did I do wrong?
So, we'll se how it goes for us, next month... Good luck in your search!! Sounds like your girls are in good hands...
P.S. The doc that I am seeing next month was recommended by my (lay) midwife - he is the back-up doctor for a few midwives around here - and I heard he doesn't vax his kids... Sooo-maybe you could check with some lay midwives for good family practitioners....
I would call mean doc, tell him you're in another doc's care now, and i doubt he'll bother checking further. don't be worried about your girls either. by the time they are a year old they'll be eating enough for you to get some iron rich foods in them.
iron in supps and supped formula is just so hard on their digestive systems, especially when they are raised on just BM. I simply don't believe that man has evolved as a species to be inherently anemic during babyhood (unless there's a good reason for it). I have faith in Mother Nature!!
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
|Originally posted by laralou
They do not act anemic at all. Maybe they tested low that day or maybe the charts assume they are drinking formula and lots of solids by now.