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Old 05-10-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

Public health nurse informed me that most babies are at a high risk of becoming anemic if they are exclusively breastfed past the age of six months and this is why one ought to start solids at this time regardless of whether or not baby shows signs of being ready. We were going to introduce solids once it seemed our daughter was interested rather than on a schedule. Thoughts? Does anyone know of any studies on this?

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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

solids won't help. As one usually starts with veggies and then fruit. I'd maybe do a mvi with iron for you and baby should be fine. What does your medical provider recommend?
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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

actually from what I understand.... usually the iron deficiency starts at the onset of solids. besides baby will probably start to show readiness soon.
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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

here is one article that says nutrition deficiency can start between 6-9 mos.

http://www.cheekymonkey.ca/A-StartingSolids-Newman.htm

here is another that seems very similar (identical at least in parts? )

http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/conte...gename=doc-SSF
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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

doesn't matter who says what, I offered solids at 6months and my daughter firmly rejected it. She wasn't going to open her mouth for it and I wasn't going to force feed her.

so, no, I think that when the baby shows interest is the right time.

most 'first food' options aren't big iron producers anyways, right? Unless you start with spinach.
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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

If iron deficiency is a concern, have her tested. Chances are, she's completely fine and you can allay your fears. If she is, then consider a supplement. Good "iron" rich foods for babies include meat. Because breastmilk is so nutritious, I always start with foods high in fat and protein so as to maximize nutrition. Trust your baby and your own instincts.
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Untrue. Its unlikely baby will become anemic. You can always test if you are concerned. As long as you are still taking vitamins and eating a healthy diet, baby will be fine. My guy just turned 7 months and shows almost no interest in solids.
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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

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most 'first food' options aren't big iron producers anyways, right? Unless you start with spinach.
Very true! The person who mentioned the iron-deficiency thing to me was a public health nurse, and she suggested iron-enriched baby cereal.

I'm thinking I'd much rather baby's first food be something fresh :P
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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

i was told that not much iron goes from the mom to the baby in the milk. but later i read the iron that the baby gets in breastmilk is highly absorbable. which makes sense. I would think if YOU eat the spinach, the baby should be fine. a lot of recommendations are weird because i guess they figure we live on mcdonalds, coke, and donuts? therefore they figure kix are great in comparison?
does your baby seem anemic? you'd probably be concerned before the nurse. you could have them prick her finger someday if you got concerned. it takes them a couple of seconds to see where the blood iron level is.

also, i think iron constipates. so if you give the kid boxed cereal that neither of you want, with iron, it sounds to me like messing with a good thing if everything's working now.

i eat well and DON'T take vitamins and my son's iron levels were great when they checked him at about 18 mos. he's not exclusively, but most of his nourishment is still breastmilk.
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Re: Iron deficiency past six months as reason for starting solids?

My cousin told me her doctor said the same thing, BUT she formula feeds her baby. She said the doctor told her to start feeding her 4 month old baby food because she would become anemic if she didn't. She was going to wait to feed her until she was 6 months old, but got scared and started baby food.
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