Re: Iron deficiency in my BF toddler
It's usually true that breast milk provides enough iron, and that the iron in breastmilk is more "bioavailable" than that from other sources. However, sometimes it's just not quite enough.
I have read that breast milk is the highest and most easily absorbed form of iron that a baby can get, so I thought I was doing right by him. I also take supplemental iron for myself, which is supposed to pass into my milk too, giving it an extra iron boost. I am lucky also that my son eats a well-balanced healthy diet, so how can his iron levels be low?
When your son was born, was his umbilical cord immediately clamped and cut? That's standard procedure in many practices. Leaving the umbilical cord alone until it stops pulsing, or at least delaying clamping and cutting for several minutes (I think 3?) is often enough to give the baby a significant iron boost lasting for at least 6 months.
Uh... What? I've never heard that before. Precisely the opposite, in fact.
Is it true, as my doctor said, that breast milk hinders the absorption of iron in toddlers?
I don't see how that would help. Give the iron supplements, concentrate on iron-rich foods (meats, leafy greens, lentils, dried apricots), and all should be fine without any need to wean.
He is generally in favor of BF and in other circumstances wouldn't encourage weaning, but in this case he said I should think about stopping soon.
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