hi ladies. happy women's and mothers' day! (8th of march in my country)
anyways. my daughter is almost 5 months old and is exclusively breastfed. her weight gain has always been great, she is above average on the charts. i was planning to wait until AT LEAST 6 months and then do baby led solids whenever she seems ready. im don't mind waiting longer if necessary as BF is going great for us.
however, im having a hard time with my ped. they mentioned solids already at 4 months, i said no thanks, id like to wait. same thing today at her 5 month check up. they said ok, since her weight gain is good, but next month we HAVE TO start for sure because otherwise she will get an iron deficiency because at that age she's not getting enough from breast milk?? she said they do a mandatory blood test at 6 months to check her iron. all of this sounds iffy to me because everything i've read says they don't NEED solids until 1 year! and i've never heard about this iron thing?? also i should mention (didn't mention to ped though) that i don't eat meat and dairy - could this possibly worsen the iron situation?