Hello! Longtime lurker, first time poster.
My son was born at 34w4d, 5lb 6oz, 18.5” long. His NICU stay was 10 days, he had a feeding tube, IV and oxygen. He has been exclusively breastfed except for 3 days. The hospital staff wanted to take him off of the IV so he needed more fluids until my milk came. Other than what was given to him in the NICU, the hospital staff and his pedi had not recommended any supplements, vitamins, etc.
He is now 4 mos old actual, 12lb 15oz, 24.5” long, and our pedi just talked to me about starting him on iron-fortified cereal. I’m hesitant. It seems I’d be better going with squash, or even meat. However, LO doesn’t seem interested in solids yet. I’ve read that only a small percentage of the iron in the cereal is actually absorbed. And that iron-fortified foods and supplements may mess with his gut and “bad” bacteria will get the iron instead of LO (from kellymom). I think I’d rather give him food rich in iron than something fortified with iron. I think I would like to have his iron tested first to see if he even needs it. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thank you!