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February 11th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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I haven't given my last two children cereal at all, so the new doc saying how important it is kinda is new to me.
Does breastmilk really not have iron in it? That seems strange to me.

I read a few articles, one made it sound as though breastmilk has more iron than formula etc, especially soy, and that babies have a natural stash of iron til they are at least 6 months (usually up to 12 months) anyway.

The only child I had problems with was my last son, and he wouldn't eat for crap until he was way over 1. He's fine now that he's 3.5.

Are the same people that are paying docs to 'sell' vaccines paying them to sell cereal? Or maybe my doc isn't as bright as I think she is lol.
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February 11th, 2013, 12:25 PM
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hmm...well, breast milk does have iron which is super absorbable by baby, but usually by 9-12 months, baby's iron supply is used up and breast milk doesn't have as much iron as drs want i guess...
my son tested super low on the end of normal iron levels (almost anemic) at 9 months, he wasn't a huge eater until after 13-14 months. i had to give a low iron supplement until 12 months when he tested in the middle part of the normal range. i dont see why your dr is pushing iron fortified cereal at 4 months though.
we offered quinoa cereal around 7 months and my son barely ate it, but i was trying to follow more of a baby led weaning approach.
a lot of drs test for iron by 12 months, but i have heard of some drs not even testing at all.
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February 11th, 2013, 12:56 PM
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I'm guessing your doctor is misinformed. Doctors pushed cereal on me with DD too because they were concerned about her weight. All it did was constipate her so I won't be giving it to our newest DD at all.

If everything has been fine up until now, I wouldn't worry about cereal. I know they tested DD1 around 9 months for her iron levels, until then, there was never anything mentioned to me about it.
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February 11th, 2013, 01:58 PM
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^^ it constipated my son too and the dr's office nurse told me to stop giving it to him and switch to oatmeal. i really dont understand their advice sometimes!
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February 11th, 2013, 02:41 PM
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I was told I had to give cereal for iron, she hated it. I never gave her iron supplements either. When it was checked at 1 year it was fine.
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February 11th, 2013, 04:33 PM
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I never gave Grace cereal (or anything but breast milk) for 6 months, and even after that she never liked it/ate it. We never did iron supplements...no need. She never had low iron levels.
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February 11th, 2013, 05:33 PM
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^^ it constipated my son too and the dr's office nurse told me to stop giving it to him and switch to oatmeal. i really dont understand their advice sometimes!
We tried oatmeal too and it still constipated her :-(
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February 12th, 2013, 04:55 AM
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we did not do any cereal and our dr was not concerned and never mentioned cereal to us.
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February 12th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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They test iron at WIC, but even when Bastian's were low when he was little they didn't really say much, just suggested I try giving him more green leafies, or if he's really hesitant to foods then try putting baby cereal in things like brownies.

Not sure if I would ever do the brownie thing anyway, I tried making the malt-o-meal brownies and the texture bothered me.

Thanks for the answers, I thought I was pretty much right. I know he's not gaining 40 lbs a month, but he's happy and healthy, and full of smiles at home and everything so it's all good
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February 13th, 2013, 05:00 AM
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we did beans as finger foods a lot, and hummus.
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February 25th, 2013, 06:15 PM
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I feel like I've never received anything but conflicting information on this issue so I can't answer you, but my son is EBF and almost 7 months and my doctor knows we elected to skip cereals and said it was no big deal and also knows Oz isn't really interested in or taking any solids at this point and has made no suggestion to give him an iron supplement so I've left it at that.

My MIL is a pharmacist and seems slightly more concerned about it but is usually quelled easily by a "the doctor said this..." I know back when she had children the doctors said the baby couldn't get enough iron from breast milk but things are obviously different now.

I agree with the above poster who mentioned beans. I'm friends with a girl whose little guy is 10 months and he is eating molasses baked beans and loves them to death, I watched him gobble up a whole bowl with his fingers. Very messy though haha.
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