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    Default BLW: Need iron rich foods for 6 month old?

    DD 6 months recently had her 6 month check up with an MHCN. We started BLW about a week ago and so far she has just had a variety of veggies and fruit, and a little plain yoghurt. She is doing really well and demolishing her veggie sticks but the nurse told me I should give her rice cereal as she needs extra iron now. She said it as a general thing, as DD is healthy.

    I'm not keen on giving DD rice cereal and would prefer her to get iron from other food sources, if it is even required at this stage. I had planned to try her on meat in a few weeks but maybe I should start now? I just wanted to get some opinions and ideas from others who did BLW on when they introduced meat or other iron sources, and what they were.

    She is fully breasfed BTW.

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    How about trying some eggs? DD loved scrambled and boiled eggs and she was able to easily eat them at 6-7mths

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    We did BLW and whilst I did give DD some pieces of meat to chew on I also used to boil meat and get my own stock from it and then use that stock to make risotto and soups. You can do BLW with risotto (roll into balls and let them feed themselves) and load the spoons with soup for them to eat.

    Also if you combine Vitamin C with the meals it helps absorb the iron better so with the risotto add capsicum to it.

    Oats is great - make some for both of you and mix fresh fruit in it for add Vit C.
    quinoa is high in iron and makes great porridge (stole this from elijah's mum).

    Plus your usual leafy greens. I tended to steam them and let DD just lick/suck/chew on them or put them in veg/lentil patties and let her eat them that way.

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    Thank you for the ideas. I knew that rice cereal didn't sound like a good idea! I saw it being fed to a baby the other day and it looked so unappetising too.

    Poor DD wasn't interested in food much today as she just had some vaccinations and is also cutting 2 teeth, but I am planning on making scrambled eggs for breakfast tomorrow, and will follow with the other suggestions next week.

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    Add some spinach and fresh herbs to the eggs for an added iron kick plus I brush back strap molasses on DS roast or steamed veggies

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    Careful with the eggs! A little at a time! Dd had a reaction and she had had eggs before.


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    If your diet is healthy then I think there would be enough iron in breastmilk. If not, you could include more iron in your diet.

    I gave my son meat from about 7 months.

    I'd be avoiding rice cereal at all costs.

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    Had a checkup at docs last week and she talked to me about this. Apparently low iron is very common now in women and babies get it from breastmilk (or a deficiency). If you increase yours then your bub will get more. If you are really concerned you can ask your doc to do a blood test checkup on you and then help your diet from there.
    Good luck :-)

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    Also, don't forget that whilst breastmilk doesn't have the huge levels of iron that people like to read about it fortified foods, it is MUCH more easily absorbed for your baby.
    I hate that this misconception is still widely accepted out there- that after 6 months breastmilk doesn't contain enough iron for babies, when it does, and it's the best kind of iron. Makes me mad. (Esp since I had a 'health profession' try and shove the same garbage down my throat too.. I just smiled and nodded my way out of there!)

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    So if the theory is the amount of iron in breastmilk is reduced by 6 months for whatever reason, would increasing the amount of iron in your diet then also increase the amount of iron in breastmilk? If this is the case why don't the 'health professionals' just tell the mums to eat more iron?

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