No solids for a year? Doctor and LC disagree!
I'd love some thoughts/stories from parents with experience:
My son was born six weeks premature, and he's been on EBM since birth. Growth has been astounding, so no issues with that. My doctor has advised me to EBF until DS' first birthday -- that is, no solids until he's a year old (doc said to use his date of release from the NICU as his birthdate for these things). He said that EBF will protect him immunologically in a way that will stop once I start introducing other forms of protein; this is especially important because we'll be traveling in India when he's about 8 months old (I do research there). He said this was especially important for Felix because he was premature.
Now, I asked my LC about this and she, much to my surprise, said definitively no. She said that precisely because DS was a preemie, it may lead to iron deficiency -- as iron stores build up in baby in the last few weeks of pregnancy, which we missed out on. She said we should BLS, but not wait until a year.
My understanding of BLS is that, often, babies don't really eat much for the first year anyway. But now my LC has me anxious about anemia. Have any of you dealt with any of these issues? I love my doctor for his support of EBF, but could he be taking it too far?
Mother to a sweet boy, born at 34 weeks on 2/11/11.
Proud that I grew 26 lbs of baby before solids, and still counting...
We received banked milk in the NICU. Thank you, donors!!!