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    Default 8.5 month old underweight and little interest in solids

    Hi,
    I need some help, my DD was in the 3rd percentile but in the last month has dropped off the weight chart. she is currently 6.4kg.
    She loves her bottles and has 3x 240ml (breakfast, lunch, bedtime) and 2x 125ml (3pm, 7pm)
    We have tried solids since 5 months starting with the purees which she never got the hang of how to swallow and have been trying without any success to progress. Now at 8.5 months she refuses anything on a spoon no matter how relaxed or forceful I am. She only eats ribs, breadsticks, toast, rusks. we have tried most fruits, vegetables, custards, chicken, rice in pureed, mash, chunky and whole foods form of which she spits them all straight out.
    The CHN said to cut down to 2 bottles and make her go hungry so she will eat the solids, and any other formula to be in a sippy cup. its just not working. I have a hungry screaming baby who will only drink from a teat. The sight of the sippy cup makes her distraught and she refuses it until i change to the teat.
    What can I do??

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    How often do you try a food before you decide she's not interested in it? I've read it can sometimes take them up to 10 tries before they will accept a food. My Son usually 'gets' it within two to three times but I think consistency is the key?

    Good luck with it. I hope you get some good advice here

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    I don't know if you have tried this but if she eats toast have you tried giving her things to dip it in eg.purees, eggs, soups etc. or maybe sit her in her highchair and arrange various foods like banana apple etc and let her play with it. She may put some in her mouth and decide to keep gnawing on it?
    Also how was her height- weight ratio? in proportion? is she lively, happy etc? I think all this should be taken into account. Could she be a small child?

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    To be honest I think 8 months is still very young to be overly concerned. My dd was also in the 5% and didn't start eating solids till 8 months, that was the first bite she took of anything but by 10-12 months she was eating everything, now at 15 months she eats everything and is finally gaining good weight.
    Keep her bottles of formula if she's demanding them, she shouldn't have to go hungry just to eat solids especially not at this age. And yeah sippy cups at 8 months also I wouldn't bother.
    I'd just keep doing what you were doing, keep offering her food before bottle now if you like and try and eat at the same time so she's watching you eat aswell. I think her interest will pick up. Food is secondary to milk until 12 months.

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    As pp,s have said let her have her bottles, but maybe with the small ones offer food first?
    Does she sit with you at the dinner table? Let her see you eating and just casually put some food on her tray ( BLW) keep putting food down and don't make a fuss and hopefully ( she is still young) she will start playing with it or picking it up or even sit her on your lap and see if she tried to steal your food! ( they always want what you have !)
    Also have you tried putting things on her toast ? Avocado, tahini, nut butters , mashed banana or scrambled eggs?

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    You have just described my son at that age. He did not gain a single gram for three months, hated being fed by the spoon or any other manner, screamed when he saw the high chair or the spoon and became hysterical if I tried to give him anything except a boob/bottle.
    In the end, it sorted itself out and by 10 months he was eating ok and ended up gaining 1kg in 4 weeks!! He is still on the small side, but at 12months he is eating 3 small meals a day and having 3 small bottles.
    I still can't give him snacks or any extra milk, as he then won't eat his meals.
    Dont stress too much unless she seems listless or without energy, I'm sure the bottles are enough to sustain her until 12months. Until then, just keep persisting in a casual, relaxed way.
    Good Luck.

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    I know how you feel, my 9 month old is similar and he doesn't drink anywhere near as much milk as that, plus he is very active so I worry he is always hungry. I also vy for BLW. Just follow her lead and try not to stress about it, theres no right or wrong way to do it. She'll be eating like a champ by the time she is 1 and you will wonder what you were worried about.

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    I've been in your situation with an underweight bub - it's stressful

    I don't agree with your CHN forcing a sippy cup this early. Some bubs do and that's great, but 8mths is very young to force/expect it IMO. If she wants the teat then give it to her for now. Milk is still her main food source at this age.

    Have you tried mashed avocado on her toast? I agree with PP that food is not so important yet, but since her weight is a concern you could try this - avo is really good for natural/healthy fats.

    The cut up fruit is a great idea too - my DS played with his for a few months, but now eats a lot of it (9mths) to my surprise!

    Also remember weight is not everything (I know that's hard). Are you or her dad small? It could just be genetic and she's perfectly healthy

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    Thank you for all the responses I felt really alone as all the babies at playgroup just sit and gobble down food and are all much bigger than my DD. She is happy, developing normal, can say dad and is starting to crawl, she sleeps through the night, HC and height are in the 25-50%. The CHN said she is likely to be small following my stature of tall and slim but she needs to get back on the chart.
    After she didn't like the purees by 7months I approached BLW. She sits with us while we eat and tries to grab our food but its only the stuff she cant eat like tacos. I will normally give her a taste of something we are eating. Is this where I have gone wrong by not introducing just 1 food at a time? We have stuck with butter and vegemite on her toast because she will eat that. I had not thought to dip it in other foods. Thanks Jascar.
    I thought the CHN was too harsh on cutting down to 2 bottles as I saw in this section some babies still having 3-4. I cut out one 240ml yesterday and only had 1 wet nappy all day as a result.
    I dont think she actually minds the food she just doesn't swallow and thinks its fun to spit it out or coughs and chokes.
    It's nice to know that at 10months this seems to have been the turning point for some of you which is really positive as the CHN said I only have until 10months to get her eating meals or she will start saying no.
    8+ months may not be to young for a sippy cup for some but for her it is which is good to know that not all babies like them.
    You have all given me some hope that things will improve and persistence is the key! Thank you
    We have our next CHN in 1 month so hopefully she has picked up by then
    Last edited by kate1990; 07-06-2012 at 09:25.

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    I'm going to sound really harsh and blunt here......but your CHN sounds too judgmental and narrow minded.

    To say a 10mth old will start saying 'no' and not eat is ridiculous. All bubs are very different, as we are as adults too. Some may become fussy, but others will start devouring food.

    FTR - my DS is 9mths and still has 4 bottles a day, usually 200ml each time. Milk is their main food source before 1 and I'd be concerned if my CHN was advising to cut down to 2 bottles for an 8mth old??? That's not enough fluid, let alone milk per day!

    Trust your mummy instincts and take what she says with a grain of salt. You say above that your bub is doing very well with everything else, so nothing to worry about yet.


 

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