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I think my son was only on it for about a month until we got him exclusively breast fed. Our visiting nurse told us not to worry about it, just to worry about nursing - and now his cheeks are even pinker, he is warm and alert, and so I feel like there is no way my baby is anemic. My ped also was excited about the EBF and said, "He is getting the best iron in the world!" so I took that as a goahead to stop PolyViSol as well.
I do take an iron supplement to make sure that my body has lots to give to him, but I think he's actually getting way more iron now that we're not giving him the hard to digest iron in PolyViSol and Neosure. I think the Neosure made him feel way too full, and so he was getting more calories from it than breast milk, and so not getting as much of Momma's pre-processed iron, and so seeming anemic...it's such a vicious cycle!
He was also on thickened feeds, and my sil who is a health food specialist said that rice cereal actually inhibits the absorption of iron, as well.
ETA: DS wasn't severely deficient, but always right on the border between anemic and not.