Re: solids/weaning/when to breast feed
You're offering to nurse before supper, right? And baby's turning you down, right? If that's how it's going, then I think you're doing okay, because your baby is leading the way, and because he's nursing enough during the day and night. If things were working differently, and you were the one delaying a nursing session in order to get your LO to eat solids, then I would say that you'd want to change things, because breastmilk is supposed to be offered before solids until a year of age in order to maximize a baby's intake of the most healthy substance any of us ever get to eat. But again, since it sounds like this is baby-led and because your baby continues to nurse enough overall, this doesn't sound like a problem.
In the US, many pediatricians do a routine iron test at around 6-9 months. It's generally a simple finger prick or heel stick. If your pediatrician doesn't offer one, you may want to ask for it. If your other child was deficient, then maybe there's a familial risk. Of course, maybe there isn't! One person in a family may have low iron, but it doesn't follow that everyone in the family will have that same pattern.
I think I understand why iron drops are not recommended routinely. But what about a multivitamin?
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