Re: Low iron what to do
glad you found the doc. i had a really difficult decision to make when ds was born with hypospadias, which is typically treated with genital surgery which i did NOT want to do (and in fact have some long-running principled stands against). the urologist thought surgery was necessary, the peds we saw were kind of appalled that we weren't planning to do it, it was a whole emotional mess. anyway, we sought out a 2nd opinion from the doc we thought most likely to go with a non-surgical path if it was feasible (the doc the local homebirth/dr sears vax schedule mamas love) and he also recommended that we do the surgery. it was not the answer we wanted but we felt like we'd given it our best shot to get a respected but conservative medical opinion, and so when he recommended surgery we felt like that was probably the right way to go, and we did.
which is to say two things: 1) i thnk getting a 2nd opinion from this doc friend of yours is a good idea, and 2) giving iron drops for a couple months is actually not that big a deal. i hear you on not wanting to support enfamil - that would be a HARD pill for me to swallow too! - but if i were thinking about the benefits vs possible risks, i would probably be inclined to give the drops until she could be retested and found not anemic, meanwhile working on boosting her iron-rich foods.iron is actually important for development, right? anemia has some long-term health risks, right? i don't know much about it.
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