I am still in a dilemma about the risk of anemia for older almost exclusively bf babies. I read that artificial iron in the iron fortified cereals actually interferes with bm iron absorption. Yet, my pediatrician insists i give my ds cereal. I read somewhere that non artificial iron is better- so what i do now is give my baby some oats with some molasses and flaxseed meal for omega threes and fiber. Apparently molasses is high in iron. This is basically my breakfast minus cows milk.
Does this sound ok? Isnt oats an allergen too? Argh!!
Then onto the vitamin c issue (because it aids in the absorption of iron) Well, i eat grapefruit,but apparently that is another allergen...what am i supposed to give him then? And why is orange juice ok, but not oranges?
In any case, i am still bfing 10-12 times a day. The whole solids issue seems very complicated, almost every food seems to be an allergen.
I am not sure exactly what it is about solids that make them necessary in the first place. Is it the carbohydrates? I thought that bm had everything babies needed, and if not, what does it lack, and from what age is it insufficient? Most advice about solids talks about 'when the baby is ready', but doesnt specify why bm is no longer enough. Any thoughts?