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Our ped kept telling us to feed DS rice cereal (he's 6 mos) because she says he needs it for the iron. We weren't thrilled about the idea but we tried it one day, mixed with some EBM. He seemed to enjoy eating it, and then he took a 2 hr nap (much longer than usual) and then was SO quiet and passive all the rest of the day... not like him at all!! Was it some kind of reaction to the rice cereal? Should we try again or not bother? We usually just let him feed himself little bits of soft fruits and veggies, he also eats tiny amounts of applesauce with a spoon, but he really isn't eating very much yet.
 

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Has your ped done an iron test and gotten results that make him concerned about your ds's iron levels? Or is he just assuming that your ds has low iron?<br><br>
I wouldn't personally bother with the rice cereal. Breastfed babies have sufficient iron stores for at least the first 9-12 months (the exception as far as I know being babies who were born premature). The iron in rice cereal isn't very easily digested. Plus, that cereal is kind of gross (have you tasted it??). When dd was showing signs she was ready for solid foods, we started her off with avocado, sweet potatos, and bananas.<br><br>
As far as a reaction to the cereal...I'm not sure about that. Maybe someone else has some ideas.
 

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Yeah, we skip the cereal. Babies can't digest grains properly, anyway. I have no idea how cereal became the ped starter food of choice.
 

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We skipped the cereal too, I just couldn't stand feeding him that stuff. I think letting him feed himself little bits of fruit, veges, and whatever else is great, I would keep going with that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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we also are skipping cereal. Your body knows what the baby needs and supplies the perfect amount for the baby. Also, babies can absorb the iron from breastmilk better then they can from formula and im assuming cereal as well. Yes, cereal has more iron in it, but baby's baby has a harder time retaining it so most of it passes straight through the baby.
 

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turtlemama77, no she didn't do an iron test. She just said breastmilk doesn't have enough iron. I had previously read somewhere that full term babies (like DS) usually have enough iron stores that, combined with what they get in breastmilk, they should be fine. But the ped got me worried (I guess because she is very pro BF and she still said that).<br><br>
DH and I think maybe the rice cereal was hard for him to digest and sat in his tummy for a long time and made him sleepy? Anyway we think we'll just hold off on grains for awhile. Thank you mamas for your reassurance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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WTF? I'm not pediatrician, but, isn't Brestmilk made SPECIFICALLY for babies? Uh, it doesn't sound right to me AT ALL. I know that the makeup of BM changes from beginning to end of feeding, and with age as well. The BM that a mom produces for her preemie has different stuff in it than the milk produced for a 1 year old, and so on.<br><br>
I'm thinking that isn't right.. That's just me.
 

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Breastmilk contains lower levels of iron, but almost 100% of the iron present in breastmilk is in a form that is easily available to the baby to digest and use fully. Certain foods- like cows milk and (bizarrely) pears can impede this process.Formula contains iron that is not easily absorbable, hence the rise in anaemia once babies get past the 6 month mark and have used their stores.<br>
Baby rice cereal is a good choice for formula-fed infants because it's supplemented with iron and has nothing interesting in it whatsoever. Just push it to the back of the cupboard and forget about it (it is, however, fantastic for thickening sauces for grownups.)<br>
My younger son was entirely self-fed, and it's so much easier than playing light-sabre battles with spoons. Honestly, you're doing fine.
 
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