Hi, I'm doing baby-led weaning and am wondering what the best sources of iron are for my 9 month old. He does enjoy oatmeal (fortified with iron) that I spoon feed to him sometimes but I'd prefer something that he could feed to himself. I've tried giving him steak but he only has 2 teeth so can't do more than suck on it, plus the last time I tried it it turned his stools dark green/black for a couple of days. Not sure if that's just the broken-down blood from the steak or if it irritated his little tummy and that's why the stools looked like that, so I haven't done it again. He won't eat hamburger for some reason. He likes chicken but that has minimal iron content. He will suck on spinach or salad leaves but doesn't really eat them, given that he only has 2 teeth.
I've read that a need for additional iron is the most pressing nutritional need that is not being met by breastmilk at this age, and the main reason why starting solids at 6 months is important, so I'm concerned about whether he's getting enough iron in his diet. Any suggestions? I know the iron in breastmilk is well absorbed but it's such a small amount, is it still enough at 9 months? My son was born full-term and healthy but had his cord clamped and cut immediately, if that makes a difference. His color is good (rosy cheeks, pink gums) and he's certainly full of energy so I don't think he's anemic now but I don't want him to become anemic either. Thanks in advance!