Post # 1
I’d love to hear from moms who went right to veggies or fruit instead of cereal. My pedi suggested the cereal because it’s fortified with iron, and my daughter is exclusively breastfed. If you went straight to veggies, how did you get the iron your child needed?
Post # 3
Here are the Mayo Clinic’s reccomendations on the matter!
And here is the AAPs thoughts.
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Post # 5
I’ve never really understood iron fortified cereals. Grains contain phytates, which are iron absorption inhibitors…why wouldn’t you choose a different food to fortify? I know, someone’s going to tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about, but it just kind of seems backwards to me. It would be like fortifying coffee with iron.
Anyway, to your point… Iron is found in breast milk in small amounts, but the absorption rate is very high. If you are concerned about your child’s iron levels, you can always supplement with a liquid vitamin like Poly-Vi-Sol. I did not supplement, nor did I feed my child iron fortified cereals, and his iron levels are healthy. When I stopped breastfeeding, I was sure to feed him a varied diet full of quality meats, eggs & lots of greens.
Post # 6
We skipped cereals and went straight to fruits and veggies. Our pediatrician recommended starting with cereals if we wanted to, but also said that starting with fruits and veggies would be just fine. The most important thing is that breast milk (or formula) continues to be the baby’s main source of nutrition through the first year. Plus, as PP said, breast milk has a high level of easily-absorbable iron in it…most babies don’t need a supplement unless they have a deficiency.
We started with some of the sweeter vegetables – sweet potato, carrot – then mild fruits like avocado, apples, and pears. next we’re doing green veggies and meat. so far so good 🙂
Post # 7
our pediatrician suggested against all rice cereal (has arsenic in it) and said since L is EBF to start with mashed bananas as it is similar in taste to breastmilk. We skipped the oatmeal (she had it once for breakfast) and did all fruits and veggies, but she ended up hating purees regardless, so we went to BLW.