Note before you read: This is to sum up what i have read, there is a lot more info avail for you to read. My goal is to simply make you aware of information out there….
It is recommended that babies are exclusively breastfed for a minimum of 6 months. There are a lot of benefits to breastfeeding for both mom and baby. Recently however this recommendation has been called into question by a group of doctors published in the British Medical Journal. The negative that they found is that babies exclusively breastfed for 6 months have lower iron levels. I don’t have a medical degree to speak on it either way, what i can say is that from all the research that i have read the iron levels do go down the older the baby gets; you see the have a reserve and as they get older that reserve gets used, however, around the time that the levels get low is the same time they start on solids and begin to increase the iron levels on their own.
A few things to note about the study… first thing Solids is defined as anything other than breast milk and medicine. Solids includes the use of formula. and second thing the doctors behind this study work with formula companies. (It’s important to note that because it tells us where their frame of mind is, its human nature to focus on the results that prove our theory)
I share all this with you, as a reminder to trend lightly with studies, to do your research and decide what is best for you and your family. The WHO still recommends breastfeeding for beyond a year as is fitting for mom and baby and to be exclusive for the first 6 months before introducing solids.
I found my info about this here, go check it out its much more in-depth.