After the usual lecture about the dangers of delaying vaccinations, my doctor started her rehearsed speech about the baby's need for iron. I had heard it 3 times before. How breastmilk doesn't provide sufficient iron to meet the baby's need beyond 6 months and how I needed to get him on iron-fortified cereal.
Not gonna happen.
But I had a lot of questions. How can all babies need the same amount of iron at 6 months? Wouldn't the iron needs of a baby weighing 14lbs at 6 months be different from a baby weighing 20lbs? Wouldn't it matter if the mother was iron deficient or not during pregnancy? What about babies who are fed both formula and human milk? What are the biological and developmental consequences of insufficient iron during months 6-12?
I think these are questions that need to be answered by the medical establishment. Apparently even the medical establishment thinks so. (Click here to read more about that.)