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    Question "What to Expect.." book and its comments on iron

    Ah the wisdom of all of these childrearing books... This morning in the "What to Expect the First Year" book I was reading about the age six months and it said that breastfed babies six months and older "need rice cereal in order to get enough iron". Granted, I am giving 6-month old DS one feeding of solids per day, and sometimes that meal is cereal. But do I need to be concerned about how much iron DS is getting??
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    Default Re: "What to Expect.." book and its comments on iron

    Nope! And if you are you can just have the pedi check his iron levels at his next apt. My ds is 8.5 mo and still ebf...no solids or iron supplements whatsoever! And he's definitely a happy healthy little boy Best of luck to you.

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    Default Re: "What to Expect.." book and its comments on iron

    Those books give absolutely BAD bf advice; don't trust anything they say.

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    Default Re: "What to Expect.." book and its comments on iron

    I hate those books, I call them the "What to worry about this month" books. They seem to be a laundry list of what ifs that serve to get me worked up or freaked out!
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    Default Re: "What to Expect.." book and its comments on iron

    New research shows that bf babies don't need additional iron because the iron in breastmilk is so easily absorbed. The breastmilk proteins responsible for delivering the iron to your baby can become "saturated" by the excess iron in fortified cereal, meaning that they actually do their job less effectively and the amount of iron your baby receives from your breastmilk reduces as a result. Once you begin to feed your baby solid foods on a regular basis, then you need to make sure that his diet includes plenty of iron-rich foods.

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