Re: is rice cereal/oatmeal necessary?
My pedi encouraged us to continue with cereal in order to make sure that my LO is getting the iron that he needs. I understand that at his 9-month well check, he'll be tested for anemia, which is standard.
I would say that cereal probably isn't necessary and to make sure that you are getting enough iron on your diet if you are breastfeeding and maybe try giving him some Poly-Vi-Sol to make sure that your LO.
My LO hates the taste of Poly-Vi-Sol by itself, so we have snuck it into bottles and mixed it in with his food. He tolerates it much better that way. I can't say I blame him. That stuff is vile!
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