11mo refusing all solids

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Registered: 07-25-2009
11mo refusing all solids
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Sat, 07-25-2009 - 11:56pm

I'm getting extremely worried and what's more so is my husband and the rest of my extended family.

I've got an 11mo son who was exclusively breastfed for six months and then I started introducing solids while still nursing at will. We did Rapley (child-led) solids so no purees--things like soft steamed veggies and ripe fruit he could hold and eat. He did have yogurt from a spoon but otherwise he was entirely self-feeding. He ate super tiny quantities of solids but was happy and still nursed as much as before.

By 9mo he was eating a little more in the way of solids but still no more than 2tbsp of assorted things a day and sometimes not everyday. Happy still nursing just as much growing wet diapers normal and all that.

Since 9mo the amount and variety of solids he will accept have steadily dropped so that for the past two weeks he will take no solids at all. I offer yogurt and even now purees on a spoon, I offer these for him to self-feed with a spoon, and I offer finger foods and for two weeks solid everything has been refused. Today I offered a straberry (he used to love), some banana cubes, a piece of pancake, a pice of soft toast, a piece of omelet, a piece of bread, pizza, a piece of broccoli, black beans, noodles (over the course of a whole day)

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Registered: 07-25-2009
Sun, 07-26-2009 - 12:04am

Sorry got cut off there. Anyway he might eat three cheerios a day if I put them in his mouth (he opens happily) but he has had nothing else but bm for two weeks. Normal diapers. Happy baby. No fever not out of sorts normal sleep patterns nursing 8+ times a day including overnight

my husband thinks I did something to the baby to keep him depndent on me and rejecting food but I am just worrid. See the dr? What? I am not planning on weaning until 2+ and baby has shown no sins of it. I know everyone says hat until 12 mo bm is all they need for nutrition and the other foods are just to getthem used to eating.

But 1) he is NOT getting used to solids quite the contrary and 2) bm is fine and sufficient now but what about at 12.5 mo? What if he's stll not eating? When is my bm not enough? I read Ellen sattyr and I know about thr whole "parents decide what when and where to offer food and babies decide whether and how much" but this is sooooooo stressful pls help

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Registered: 01-22-2006
Sun, 07-26-2009 - 9:31pm

Is he by chance teething? That has always thrown a wrench in our eating habits, as does illness. It is not at all unusual for baby to only want to nurse if something physically is off.


It is also not at all unusual for baby to go through eating phases and strikes. My first son ate absolutely anything until right about 11 months or so. It seemed like a control issue where he did not want to eat what I was encouraging. He would go long stretches eating little or no food. Now, at 2 1/2, he is still a picky, controlling eater, but does fine and is very healthy.


To answer your underlying question, as long as your baby is getting calories and is hydrated, he will be fine. Nursing is a wonderful source of nutrition and you can know he is getting those nutrients while he goes up and down in his eating interest.


I would back off on pushing solids for a few days. Maybe put some cheerios on his tray if you know he likes them, or some other food you know he will take happily. I found the more I pushed, the more he dug in his heels. He could pick up on my anxiety and it only made it worse.


I would say it is definitely just a phase- or perhaps teething/illnes- and you can ride it out. If he is nursing well and is otherwise ok, I would not stress too much.


Good luck!


Cathy

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Registered: 01-28-2007
Sun, 07-26-2009 - 11:25pm
At 16 months my daughter barely eats any solids at all. She will eat a few kix, a few bites of cheese and maybe a nibble or two of sweet potato and that's it. She has texture issues and will gag if she doesn't want it. Our doctor is fine with it as long as she keeps growing and developing well. I continue to nurse on demand. We nurse A LOT but we both enjoy it. One thing I have learned is pushing her made it worse. I just have faith she'll come around.


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