Re: Toddler with low iron levels
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The consultant was wrong. Breastfeeding does not "prevent" a baby from eating iron-solids, and there's no way you can breastfeed "too much". Breastfeeding provides balanced nutrition, but it provides a lot more than nutrition! The immunologic benefits and the mothering benefits- how can someone suggest you forego those just because of issues with iron levels? Of course, that's not to make light of the iron issue. When a baby is anemic, that's serious, and you want to do something about it- which you are. Supplementing with iron while continuing to nurse is a very reasonable middle path.
One thing to consider is your own iron status. Breastmilk does not contain a lot of iron, but it generally contains sufficient iron, in a form which is easily assimilated by the baby. The exception to this rule comes when mom herself is anemic. A woman who doesn't have enough iron herself may produce milk which is lower in iron than average- so I encourage you to get your own iron status checked.
Did the consultant suggest good iron-rich solids? What are you feeding your LO at this point?
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