Ok just spent an hour with my SIL discussing iron and kids! She said at 13 months if he is eating a good amount of meat/seafood/eggs/veggies/fruits/ whole grains then no need to worry about iron as there should be plenty but as some toddlers are still getting used to food and you are worried about iron content there are a few things she recommends to her clients:
Stay on the formula ( or breastmilk) until you think their diet is adequate ( cows milk is not a complete source of milk like bm/formula)
Backstrap molasses is one of the purest sources of iron and can easily be added to veggies/basted in meats
Floradix for kids is an liquid iron drops that can be added daily to a glass of water
Iron tablet for kids can also be dissolved in water
She said the recommendation is dairy products should not be given until at least 2 hours after a iron rich meal as it will hinder absorption ( as does caffeine and tea/coffee) and that she would never recommend milo to a client ( especially a toddler) as it will have a bad effect in his blood sugar levels and her main worry for this generation is diabetes because of all the refined sugar and simple carbohydrates they consume
She said if a school aged child wants a glass if milo as a treat after school no worries. ( as long as his diet is otherwise healthy ) but a baby cannot burn that kind if energy, she said the iron content in milo is just a marketing ploy when it's really just chocolate milk ( which hinders iron absorption anyway!)
Hope that helps!
yep that's my reasoning for giving bub formula at night to, ds1 was slow and gaining weight and was a picky eater at that age so I kept him on formula til he was 2yrs. Ds2 is totally different, a good weight and a good eater which is why I decided he was ready for cows milk.
And I thought that would be the case with the milo.
We were just talking about this too as dS1 is 22 months and never really drunk milk much after being weaned from bf at 13 months. He has it on his weetbix and has yogurt and cheese so easily meets his 600ml/day of calcium foods. Mchn and doctor has said this is fine and it's good he's not having a bottle before bed as that raises lots of other potential dramas with teeth not being clean overnight. His friend already has cavities at 22 months because of drinking mike overnight and may even lose two teeth.
Interestingly our new mchn has suggested milo at night! Wtf??? I couldn't believe it! DS1 hates chocolate and ice cream which won't last.forever so why introduce a chocolate drink?? Not a chance. He has more than enough calcium so it was a terrible and unnecessary suggestion.
I recently read that it's important for them to learn how to chew different textured foods as early as possible, as this apparently helps their jaw and mouth muscles develop. this in turn helps things like their speech I think?
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