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We had our 9 month well-baby visit rolled into a sick-baby visit - turns out that ds has bronchitis <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> - and while we were there they ran a CBC to check for iron, hemoglobin, etc. ds is on the low side of normal for hemoglobin so the doc prescribed fer-in-sol.<br><br>
First, is there any way to increase his iron uptake naturally through breastmilk? I read in "medicines in mother's milk" that even if mama increases her iron, it doesn't make it into the breastmilk. Anyone read anything different?<br><br>
Second, ds is eating solids now, sometimes, just not the iron-fortified cereal. He's starting meat, especially since we discovered that, in addition to looking like daddy, he is also a meat and potatoes guy like daddy. If we selectively give him foods that are more iron rich, can we avoid giving him these drops?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We had our 9 month well-baby visit rolled into a sick-baby visit - turns out that ds has bronchitis <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> - and while we were there they ran a CBC to check for iron, hemoglobin, etc. ds is on the low side of normal for hemoglobin so the doc prescribed fer-in-sol.<br><br>
First, is there any way to increase his iron uptake naturally through breastmilk? I read in "medicines in mother's milk" that even if mama increases her iron, it doesn't make it into the breastmilk. Anyone read anything different?<br><br>
Second, ds is eating solids now, sometimes, just not the iron-fortified cereal. He's starting meat, especially since we discovered that, in addition to looking like daddy, he is also a meat and potatoes guy like daddy. If we selectively give him foods that are more iron rich, can we avoid giving him these drops?</div>
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I would totally go with the meat if I were in your shoes. Nutrition from food is always more absorbable than vitamin supplements. Many of them are made from waste products of various manufacturing situations, including most iron supplements. My DH always has a lot to say about this but I can't recall the specifics right now.
 

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I would try feeding iron enriched foods too. I've been given the drops b/c there is a lot Evan can't eat, cereal included.
 
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