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ebf babies needing iron suppliments?

Sorry if this has been already posted somewhere. I don't see it so does anyone eldest peditrition say if exclusively bf after 3a months baby also needs iron supplement drops unless introduce food? I am going to ebf until at least 6a months no food until then bc 3 mo too young imo. Why do they suddenly need iron supplement. I ebf ds 5 yrs ago and he was fine on only breast milk.sorry im list confused i've never heard of this. Is it a good idea or should I just say no thanks.
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by on May. 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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whatmynameagain
by on May. 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM
Sorry meant baby.


Quoting Angeldolphine:

babysitter?

Quoting whatmynameagain:

That's what I thought too. I am not about to start any baby food until maybe 6your months or older.and I'd never heard if taking iron. From whatvi be learned breast milk provides all babysitter need. That's why it threw me off so much.





Quoting Angeldolphine:

Wow, your doctor thinks you need to introduce food at three months???? You have a stupid doctor then...

No, wait until six months like the WHO recommends. He obviously knows nothing about breastmilk. It provides 100 percent of nutrition for a YEAR (except Vit. D, because the baby needs to go outside). Introducing food now will interfere with the gut flora which helps your baby not get as sick. Besides that food particles can get into the bloodstream as the gut is permeable. Also, digestive enzymes are not at adult levels until 8-9 months, which is why a lot of babies get constipated.

As for iron, fortified iron from supplements or cereal actually interfere with the absorption of iron from your breastmilk. So no, don't give it to them! It's not needed and will actually cause more problems.






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whatmynameagain
by on May. 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM
I ebf my first five yrs ago and never was iron mentioned. Baby's only 2 months old now so not giving her anything but breastmilk. What upset me was hearing bs given to me as if it were fact. How many moms are believing it?I have never heard of, nor do I feel comfortable starting food it juice at 3 months I told him that too. It just has nme shaking my head...
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sreichelt26
by Gold Member on May. 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Find a new doc - not because of the iron thing, but the food thing. AAP (and several other organizations) recommend no food until 6 months.

Iron supplement is not needed - it actually inhibits the absorption of the iron in your milk. Which means it hurts, not helps.

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/delay-solids/


maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on May. 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Definitley check out these links!!

Great info here.

Quoting sreichelt26:

Find a new doc - not because of the iron thing, but the food thing. AAP (and several other organizations) recommend no food until 6 months.

Iron supplement is not needed - it actually inhibits the absorption of the iron in your milk. Which means it hurts, not helps.

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/delay-solids/



Needlesmama
by on May. 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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my Doc described adding supplements to babies as a FAD, kind of like years ago adding vitamin E to your diet was supposed to help and prevent certain things, its the same concept and its not needed because they are finding years later health issuse with adding unnecessary supplements...if someone asked if i had added anything i felt justified with that information to say yes just to shut them up and did what i thought was best

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