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so i went to my ped because ds has a rash...hadn't been in 4 months. anyway, they are cool, they don't stress the no vax thing, they are very supportive of bf and never say a word when i discuss co-sleep.<br>
but, my ped was asking me about solids. i told her ds only has "eaten" (more like played with, smashed and rubbed around) some fruit, but that he is more into bfing now, so i offer every few days and just let him self feed soft chunks.<br>
she is okay with this, but she says i should do cereal, for the iron, because after 6 months, there is no more iron in breast milk....is that true? never heard this before....anyway, i don't like cereal, i am not going to feed ds something so void of nutrition.<br>
so what do you guys think of this? should i be concerned about iron? if so, what other foods can i use to give him iron other than iron fortified cereal?<br>
she also said: "well, by next time he'll hopefully be eating more..." and that they will be testing his iron levels?<br>
anyway, i probably won't go again for another 4 months, until he is a year...<br>
but yeah, tell me what you think of this iron issue.
 

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From what I have heard, the following foods have a higher iron content:<br><br>
eggs (especially the yolk)<br>
avocados<br>
beets<br>
kidney beans<br>
lima beans<br>
lentils<br>
peaches<br>
pears<br>
dried prunes<br>
pumpkins<br>
raisins<br>
rice<br><br>
There are others, especially meat, but I just included foods I thought you might be interested in feeding your LO....However, I don't have any experience with this as my son is not old enough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I think it is something to keep in mind. I have read somewhere that there is plenty if iron in bm.... but it is a different kind of iron and is easily absorbable so there isn't really a "lot" of it because you dont need a "lot" of it. The problem is, when you introduce ANY solids, it changes the bacteria in the digestive tract... and now that iron isnt so easily absorbed. This is a forever change, and you can't go back once you have introduced solids. SO, once you do that, you DO need to offer high iron foods.<br><br>
FOr us, I did not know this info until my ds was diagnosed with very low iron levels, close to being anemic. We needed to do an iron supplement. I used this one: <a href="http://www.trilightherbs.com/templates/frmTemplateX.asp?CatalogID=210&SearchYN=N&subFolderID=1" target="_blank">http://www.trilightherbs.com/templat...&subFolderID=1</a> (I called the manufacturer to get dosage info for my ds's weight)<br><br>
until he hit a year and then switched to Floradix. We did it every day for a while, rechecked the iron in 3 months and they levels were fine. Now I only supplement a few times a week and will continue doing so until he starts eating enough meat.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it is something to keep in mind. I have read somewhere that there is plenty if iron in bm.... but it is a different kind of iron and is easily absorbable so there isn't really a "lot" of it because you dont need a "lot" of it. The problem is, when you introduce ANY solids, it changes the bacteria in the digestive tract... and now that iron isnt so easily absorbed. This is a forever change, and you can't go back once you have introduced solids. SO, once you do that, you DO need to offer high iron foods.</div>
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Wow!! I didn't know this! Do you have any resources I can read on this?
 

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Here's a link to info at kellymom.com about iron and breastfed babies -<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>
Lots of great info about why not to supplement, and ideas about iron rich foods too. More articles about iron are linked at the bottom of the page.
 

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Certainly don't pay attention to the ped and don't supplement iron. At a year have it checked to be sure, then if it were actually low you can offer more iron rich foods. Otherwise don't even give it a second thought.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it is something to keep in mind. I have read somewhere that there is plenty if iron in bm.... but it is a different kind of iron and is easily absorbable so there isn't really a "lot" of it because you dont need a "lot" of it. The problem is, when you introduce ANY solids, it changes the bacteria in the digestive tract... and now that iron isnt so easily absorbed. This is a forever change, and you can't go back once you have introduced solids. SO, once you do that, you DO need to offer high iron foods.<br><br>
FOr us, I did not know this info until my ds was diagnosed with very low iron levels, close to being anemic. We needed to do an iron supplement. I used this one: <a href="http://www.trilightherbs.com/templates/frmTemplateX.asp?CatalogID=210&SearchYN=N&subFolderID=1" target="_blank">http://www.trilightherbs.com/templat...&subFolderID=1</a> (I called the manufacturer to get dosage info for my ds's weight)</div>
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We use the Tri-Iron stuff too (thanks, MTS!) and it's been wonderful. Slowly but surely our child's iron levels have gone up.<br><br>
I would highly recommend any parent whose child is having ANY solids, ensure the foods are high in iron, especially if you were anemic during pregnancy.<br><br>
Discovering our child was anemic at her one year WBV was a huge shock to us. We'd treated solids as experimentation only and she still received most of her nutrition (above 70% and usually more) from BM. And I wasn't anemic so how could she be, we though. But I had been anemic during pregnancy for a little while, and that meant her iron stores didn't last as long after birth.<br><br>
We started her on iron supplement from the ped and it was awful. Switched to Tri-Iron, started giving her iron rich foods, and I went on a supplement too.<br><br>
Because you can continue to take iron supplements if you're BFing, especially from a whole foods source, and a very small percentage will get through your milk. I know common knowledge says that it doesn't, but several doctors told me that new research indicates trace amounts do get through, so every bit can help.<br><br>
You can also cook in a cast iron skillet to help get more iron into your/your child's diet.<br><br>
And be aware that calcium can hinder iron absorption, and Vitamin C can help. So we now make pancakes with wheat-free Pamela's and Iron-Fortified Oatmeal, using vitamin C enriched apple juice. When she was younger, we just used the egg yolk in the mix instead of the whole egg. And we add cinnamon and now we add diced veggies too. No sugar (except fruit juice), and fry them in a cast iron skillet.<br><br>
Anyway, hope that helps. And GL, mama!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Certainly don't pay attention to the ped and don't supplement iron. At a year have it checked to be sure, then if it were actually low you can offer more iron rich foods. Otherwise don't even give it a second thought.</div>
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Actually, that's not true. Once their iron stores have been affected, giving iron-rich foods only serves to maintain the <i>current</i> low levels. They won't actually increase their iron stores back to a healthy level. For that, you have to supplement with iron, but you can use food-source concentrated supplements instead of the nasty iron gunk most peds will give you.<br><br>
But if you offer iron-rich foods from the onset of beginning solid foods, and are consistent with including them in her diet, then the stores should remain at a healthy level. That's why it can be important to include iron-rich/iron-fortified foods when you start solids. Not all babies develop anemia, but many do. And it's easy to prevent, but a pain in the butt to treat. I know from personal experience, so I'll do anything I can to help so other parents don't have to go through what we did.
 

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Renee - thank you for that!! I always appreciate info from someone who has been through it first hand.<br><br>
My DD is 7 months...she has only "gummed" banana and had a trace amount of avacado...I don't know if any actually made it to the belly. I wonder if this is enough to change her iron absortion as momtosimon suggested...hmmm...something I need to figure out.
 

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You're welcome! It's been such a really difficult thing for us to deal with (and painful for our little one too -- blood draws, dealing with supplements that cause tummy issues, etc.) so I really want to help other families NOT have to go through what we've been through!<br><br>
I think your little one would be fine still, just things to keep in mind are whether you were anemic during pregnancy, if anemia runs in your family, how your iron intake/levels are while BFing, and once you do start more solids, ensuring that some are iron-rich.<br><br>
Good luck! And hope that helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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