My daughter is 18 months old and has been breast-fed since birth. When she was about 10 months old I found out she had low iron reserves when she hospitalised with suspected mastoiditis, and this was confirmed again when she was about 13 months old when she was hospitalised again after a febrile convulsion. She was put on an iron supplement (at 10 months) which the consultant wanted her on for months and months, but I eventually discontinued when I discovered the additives that were in it. She's now on an iron and B Vitamin supplement which is lower dose and more natural in its constituents.
The consultant I spoke with when she was about 16 months old wanted me to discontinue breastfeeding completely. He told me that by breast-feeding her I was preventing her from eating enough higher iron rich foods. I chose to disagree with him and have continued breast-feeding.
However there are days when my daughter eats very little food and breast-feeds a lot. I believe there is a reason, such as teething, but at the same time I worry that she is getting enough iron.
How would I know if she was breast-feeding too much and not eat enough food overall, for her iron levels to improve and be maintained? Is it possible for her to breast-feed too much?