Re: Iron needs while breastfeeding at 6M
Hi, and welcome! I've had a lot of questions about this myself. I can attest that there is a lot of conflicting information out there, but most bf-friendly information seems to indicate that you really don't have to worry about iron supplementation if you gave birth at full 40-week term and have been exclusively bf for 6 mos. The baby receives significant iron transfers from the mother in the last month of gestation, so that's critical apparently. Though low in iron, all of the iron in bm is easily absorbed, so it actually does more work than supplements. As long as you continue to bf on demand, you shouldn't need to worry about what your baby is eating for the time being -- my LC said to just make sure babies are getting some iron-rich foods by 9 mos. My pediatrician (an aging hippy) actually told me to ebf for the whole first year! Yeah, no. Anyhow, i think the short answer is that you dont have to worry about this -- unless you have some special circumstances. And there are lots of good foods with iron that your baby might like (avocado, for instance).
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!!!