I'm not sure they aren't the same thing...Did they do a full blood work up?And draw 3 vials of blood?
theres some info on this link read down twards the bottom theres a box that compairs the tests.
Hematocrit (Hct) says normal is 33-42.. so it sounds like hes just a little bit low and you should be able to correct it with some diet changes..
the formula advice just is plain out there.....
Before you go supplementing I would check it again in a few days. Has he been sick? Your iron levels can drop when you have a virus. Maybe he is battling something and you do not know? If it was me I would not use formula...Let us know what happens? Brittan-
I do not know anything about supplementing but the other moms seem to be helping you with that. I just wanted to suggest, if you do end up with extra milk that you can not use you can donate it to a milk bank.
They collect milk and use it for sick babies - you can donate and save a life.
Good luck and please keep us posted as I too have low iron and I worry my doc will say the same at some point.
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If you can, I would go with the other ladies advice of adding iron drops as opposed to formula. I think those "who don't understand" (to encompass all of them) often advise giving up on breast milk at any opportunity as though it's "the root of all evils", when all it is is that they don't understand how wonderful it is.
As has been said, your son will absorb iron better in the breastmilk, not to mention all the other benefits he's getting from it.
All I can say is that my doctors were horrified that my son was still getting breastmilk after 9 months. I was told to supplment with formula because the woman though my milk would now be too watery to fulfil him, despite the fact that he has been gaining weight well - is rather a large lad actually and has no health problems. Again, it's just a quick option for them, they dismiss breastmilk because they don't understand it (or, as I often think, they did not breastfeed themselves and recommend what they did, or feel guilty for not doing it themselves; I think it's hard for some people to admit that what you're doing is actually better than what they did for their own children and it's easy to disguise that by convincing themselves that breastmilk is no good).
I have decided not to suppliment. Futher more, my son will not drink the formula, he hates it. Because his numbers were only slightly low, I have made it a priority to feed him iron rich foods in combination with Vitiman C enriched foods to aid in iron aborption. I am going to contact the doctor today and ask to scheule a pick test to check his blood in two weeks.
IT can take months for low iron to get any beter even with the iron drops.
try not to worry too much!
I went through this with both of my boys at about the same age. I chose to not give the drops but increase both our intake of iron rich foods. He went in for a check a month later and all was fine. Ha, the doctor thought it was the iron drops, until I told him it was our diet! (which is a much better way to get what your body needs anyway) He just had his 15 month well visit and the doctor checked again and his levels are perfect.
IMO - it's always worth trying a more natural way first, if that doesn't work then you can try other options.