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I don't think it's really necessary in a breastfed baby, <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html</a>
 

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I used naturally iron rich foods like pumpkin, meat and spinach, plus a bit of fortified cereal.<br><br>
Kellymom says that in the second six months some babies will need more iron than from milk alone, and some will need supplementation over and above what they get from food<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Healthy, full-term babies have enough iron stores in their bodies to last for at least the first six months. The current research indicates that a baby's iron stores should last between six and twelve months, depending upon the baby.<br><br>
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a few babies do have lower iron stores and will need extra iron at some point in addition to what they are getting from solids (though this can often be remedied by making sure that solids are high in iron and vitamin C - see below).<br><br>
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My interpretation of this information is that there is no problem with (and lots of advantages to) continuing with exclusive breastfeeding until your baby is truly ready for solids. At some point toward the end of the first year, your baby will gradually begin to need more iron than that provided by breastmilk alone, so offer your baby foods naturally rich in iron and vitamin C as he begins to eat solids. If there is any question of anemia, get a blood test - if baby's hemoglobin levels are OK then there is no reason for additional iron in the diet.</td>
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We didn't supplement anything at all. My baby had his iron checked at 9 months and it was very good.
 

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well dd2 had wicked anemia at 5 mo. It was 3.5.<br><br>
we tried more iron rich foods, but she was jsut starting to self feed so it didn't work to well. I tried eating more iron, and I just got fat<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
so at 6 1/2 mo we started iron drops. They sucked. But dd really was quite anemic, and after about 5 mo of the drops her iron was almost normal. count was 10ish<br><br>
She is 18 mo now, and her iron levels still arent quite normal, but she is health and not suffering from any complications of anemia now. levels are now 11ish.
 

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The Dr did not check her iron level, I guess she figures 6mo = iron for BF babies. Can I check her level myself?<br><br>
What kind of drops have you used?
 

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i give one to dd who is 17 mos, not cuz her iron is low, but because her lead level was 5 and although that is not over the limit, we were a little worried that she was getting it somewhere. our homeopath told me that iron is stored in the same place as lead and that if you fill that space with iron then lead cant get in. that being said, amelia gets a half tsp of this ferrous sulfate liquid in a couple oz of juice daily. i think its nasty, but she loves it since otherwise she wouldnt get any juice at all. i dont know how you would get it into a 6 month old and this liquid does have a small amount of alcohol in it. i would think that they might sell some infant drops at a whole foods or some other nice store with a larger suppliment section. i would have it checked though if you arent sure if the babe needs it. ask your ped to write and order for a cbc and then you can go the the lab and have a little blood drawn, it sounds traumatizing, but at 13 mos dd didnt mind the little blood draw at all (to my shock)!!<br><br>
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The thing about ferrous sulfate is that it's not very useable by the body, and it will block absorption of the good irons. And the blood tests would then show no longer anemic, but the body would still be effectively anemic. I would look for something with different forms of iron, ie food based. I don't think there is anything that's labelled for infants so that sort of leaves you with either iron-rich foods or guessing appropriate doses of an adult supp like floradix.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The thing about ferrous sulfate is that it's not very useable by the body, and it will block absorption of the good irons. And the blood tests would then show no longer anemic, but the body would still be effectively anemic. I would look for something with different forms of iron, ie food based. I don't think there is anything that's labelled for infants so that sort of leaves you with either iron-rich foods or guessing appropriate doses of an adult supp like floradix.</div>
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that would make sense more in dds situation since she didnt have a low iron count. i was just giving my 2 cents worth! i still think you should ask for a cbc to check before giving something that is not needed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">What if I take Floradix, will it transfer through the Breastmilk to provide the amount she needs?</td>
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Mom supplementing with iron doesn't change the amount in her blood (and thus available to transfer into her milk) very much unless mom is quite low--though if you were that low, then your baby would be more likely to also be low and direct supplementation for both would be reasonable. But it's not a given that your child need supplemental iron yet, right? Risk factors for anemia in babies are being born early or small. A blood test would be more definitive, and if you see symptoms that look worrisome to you, then it's a good thing to ask for.
 

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We never supplemented, I just give him iron rich foods as others have said.
 

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After reading and reading, I decided to take my chances that the baby might be a little low in iron for a little while.<br><br>
I was not comfortable using iron supplements, because, as one previous poster mentioned, the form of iron in supplements is not easily absorbed, and would actually make it harder for the baby to absorb the form that is in breastmilk.<br><br>
When DS started seriously taking an interest in solids at around 9 months, I gave him a variety of foods to choose from, and he favors meat, which is naturally high in iron. I just let him lead and follow his instincts.
 

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Breastmilk...and later veggies, grains, beans. But nothing specifically at 6 months.
 

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No iron drops here for either one of my kids. The ped my ds saw around 9 months said he doesn't even check it unless there appears to be a problem.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">After reading and reading, I decided to take my chances that the baby might be a little low in iron for a little while.<br><br>
I was not comfortable using iron supplements, because, as one previous poster mentioned, the form of iron in supplements is not easily absorbed, and would actually make it harder for the baby to absorb the form that is in breastmilk.<br><br>
When DS started seriously taking an interest in solids at around 9 months, I gave him a variety of foods to choose from, and he favors meat, which is naturally high in iron. I just let him lead and follow his instincts.</div>
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Are there any drops out there that don't block the Brestmilk Iron? Also, would Homepathics work at all!
 

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Iron rich foods.<br><br>
The ped wanted to start my kid on drops at 9 months. He wasn't even technically anemic, with a reading of 10.5. I just pushed iron rich foods and when we checked again it was a great number.<br><br>
Get a test before you do do anything...those drops are apparently so nasty tasting babies have thrown up after getting them. Yuck.
 

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What are the signs your child is anemic?<br><br>
We waited to cut the cord so all of her blood transfered, anemia was never a question in my mind till now!<br><br>
We are starting solids next week, thinking of Avocado, any reccommendations for good Iron enriched foods?
 

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We did not supplement iron.
 
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