Re: Iron Concerns & General Questions
Generally, breastfed babies do not require additional iron. Breastmilk doesn't have a lot of iron, when compared to formula, but it usually has enough and the iron it does have is in a form that is more easily taken up by the baby's body. So in general breastfed babies do just fine, even if their mamas don't push iron-fortified foods or vitamins. This is particularly true if you elected to have delayed cord clamping (>30 seconds) when your baby was born, since delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord allows the baby to get an extra shot of iron-rich blood from the placenta.
However, some babies do get low iron after 6 months, which is why a lot of docs offer a blood test for anemia at around 6-9 months. That might be an avenue to pursue, if you really want to know your LO's iron status. Or you can just offer a daily multivitamin or iron-rich foods, which doesn't have to mean rice cereal! Meats, beans and peas, leafy green vegetables, dried fruits like prunes and raisins, sweet potatoes, watermelon- those are all baby-friendly alternatives, and many are great foods for self-feeders.
WRT the amount of food you're offering, to me it sounds like you are right on target for 9 months. At this point, solids really should be all about fun, and breastmilk should continue to be her primary source of nutrition.
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