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We went to WIC yesterday and Levi had his iron levels checked. They said his levels were low, 9.9. He weighs 17.8 and is almost 27in. - He was around 50th percentile at 5 monts and s now around the 25th and 5th<br>
He will be 8 months old in 2 days and has only had very tiny bitrs of solids a couple of times.<br>
They want me to be giving hm 4 meals a day, 2-4TBS each time +juice and water. prefer to just breastfeed him, because we are both happy with that. but do I need to be doing something else?
 

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Does he meet the cues for solids readiness? Is he interested in eating solids?<br><br>
My DS came up quite anemic at his 12 mo appt and we've been supplementing with floradix to get his levels up (working nicely). I was very casual about introducing solids to him, not wanting to push, and I think I missed his cues that he was ready (sometime around 10 mos). Right after the 12 mo visit I started offering him 3 meals plus a snack each day and I was astounded by what he ate--self feeding. It was like a switch had been flipped.<br><br>
Here's some info that helped me decide how to respond (his iron count was lower than your DS's was, so I felt the supplement was needed).<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html#developmental" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...#developmental</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html</a><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Dd was EBF until 11.5m. I started trying to intro solids at 8m and she had no part of it. She had low iron too. I supplement with Fer-Gen-Sol drops from the pharmacy (they were the best I found, clear liquid, and they were "lemon" flavored which I found odd for babies but dh pointed out that vit C increases iron absorption astronomically). I only have her a half a dose every other day and she was fine within 2m.<br><br>
As for weight gain, I would just nurse more if he's not showing interest in solids....and make sure you are eating and drinking enough. Juice would definately NOT be an option. Dd's first foods were pieces of really ripe fruit (pear, banana, peach). Too bad WIC won't give you any vouchers for BF after 6m. That's why they want you to do juice, they can pay for that! (sorry for the rant, just frustrated with the advise WIC gives sometimes!).
 

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I thought about adding iron suppliments but when I researched it I found this:<br><br>
"Breastmilk possesses a special iron delivery system, known as lactoferrin, which makes iron highly available to baby, but unavailable to intestinal bacteria. Once iron supplements, iron-containing foods, or infant formula are provided to the breastfed baby, this dietary iron binds with lactoferrin, reducing the availability of mother's iron to baby. Additionally, much of this supplementary iron provides nourishment for potentially dangerous intestinal bacteria, promoting their growth, rather than being available for the infant to absorb. Breastfed babies become more susceptible to anemia once iron is introduced to their diets, making them more prone to illness. "<br><br>
So does that mean that giving him supplements will make things worse not better?<br><br>
I do offer him food - when we have dinner he sits at the table and I give him small peices of whatever we are eating - he usually just plays with them and smashes them on the table. If I put it in his mouth he spits it out again, so I dont want to push the solids until he wants them
 
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