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    Default 8 month old refuses to eat solids-help!

    Hi mums out there
    I'm hoping to hear from any other mums that are experiencing extreme difficulty in getting their little ones to eat solids?!
    I started my daughter on solids at 6 months of age (she is now 8.5months), and still refuses to eat. I have tried all sorts of food, different textures, commercially bought food, home cooked, distraction methods, eating with her, finger food eg Baby-led weaning, food before breastfeeding, different times of day and STILL refuses!!

    I should mention she was born at 36 weeks and tube fed for first 4 days of life.

    Her weight is trending downwards, and she is already as low as the 5th percentile. She is fully breastfed, and will not take a bottle. I would love it if I could move her onto formula so as I could fatten her up and ensure she's getting some iron.
    She has had blood tests, and urine test, which has ruled out infection. I've been taking her to a speech pathologist that specialises in feeding difficulties...but nothing is really working, and I'm worried!
    Would love to hear other peoples similar frustrations or advice....it's really wearing me down

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    Default 8 month old refuses to eat solids-help!

    I didn't have a problem with solids but getting my dd to take a bottle. She would take neither breast milk or formula in a bottle. I had to go cold turkey & stop breast feeding altogether. It's not pleasant but it was the only way. This was the advice I was given by a baby nurse.

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    Default 8 month old refuses to eat solids-help!

    Don't panic! DD didn't really get into solids until she was about 9 or 10mo from memory. She'd have some here and there but nothing consistent. Then she just kind of got it. Once she decided she was ready she really took off - she eats heaps now at 15mo and only has 1 bottle a day.

    Just remember that 'food before one is just for fun' and keep offering a variety of food - especially things off your plate.

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    Default Re: 8 month old refuses to eat solids-help!

    Dd2 was similar, would eat a teaspoon at a meal, 50mls was a good bottle. We found a good infant/family chiro (not sports injury type) who found some issues. It took 2-3 months, she was better after each visit but would stop again, after 3m she just came good and started eating.
    ETA does your little one have long or short feeds, and does she prefer one side over the other?
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    Default 8 month old refuses to eat solids-help!

    My DS1 didn't get into solids until 10/11 months. I wasn't concerned...breastmilk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition for a baby under one.

    I thought you might find this interesting from Kellymom. I remember reading it a while ago:



    MYTH: “Your baby is small so you need to start solids.”

    Another reason often given for starting solids is because baby is small (see Normal Growth of Breastfed Babies). I really don’t see the sense in this. Ounce for ounce, breastmilk has more calories than most baby-safe solid foods and significantly more nutrients than any type of solid food that you can feed your baby. In addition, starting solids will quite possibly reduce the amount of milk that your baby is getting overall, rather than increase overall intake. One of the first recommendations for a baby who genuinely has slow weight gain is to decrease or eliminate solid foods and nurse more often.

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    Default 8 month old refuses to eat solids-help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    My DS1 didn't get into solids until 10/11 months. I wasn't concerned...breastmilk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition for a baby under one.

    I thought you might find this interesting from Kellymom. I remember reading it a while ago:



    MYTH: “Your baby is small so you need to start solids.”

    Another reason often given for starting solids is because baby is small (see Normal Growth of Breastfed Babies). I really don’t see the sense in this. Ounce for ounce, breastmilk has more calories than most baby-safe solid foods and significantly more nutrients than any type of solid food that you can feed your baby. In addition, starting solids will quite possibly reduce the amount of milk that your baby is getting overall, rather than increase overall intake. One of the first recommendations for a baby who genuinely has slow weight gain is to decrease or eliminate solid foods and nurse more often.
    Totally agree - also babies are very clever and know what their body needs, not sure what you have been feeding her (fruits/veggies?) but between 6-12 months babies need 50% of their calories from fat for growth so maybe feed her high fat foods ( avocado, eggs, red meat, salmon, nut butters, plain yogurt) and she may accept them - eat them yourself and offer her bites!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desperatetofall View Post
    I didn't have a problem with solids but getting my dd to take a bottle. She would take neither breast milk or formula in a bottle. I had to go cold turkey & stop breast feeding altogether. It's not pleasant but it was the only way. This was the advice I was given by a baby nurse.
    Thanks for your post, can I ask how long it took before your little one took to the bottle? It must be hell, as my husband has tried giving her the bottle and she will cry hysterically..it must be hard to remain strong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gothel View Post
    Dd2 was similar, would eat a teaspoon at a meal, 50mls was a good bottle. We found a good infant/family chiro (not sports injury type) who found some issues. It took 2-3 months, she was better after each visit but would stop again, after 3m she just came good and started eating.
    ETA does your little one have long or short feeds, and does she prefer one side over the other?
    Thanks so much for your post! Can I ask is the Chiro you saw based in Sydney by any chance?
    Mia doesn't favor any particular side and her feeds are generally around 10mins all up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Totally agree - also babies are very clever and know what their body needs, not sure what you have been feeding her (fruits/veggies?) but between 6-12 months babies need 50% of their calories from fat for growth so maybe feed her high fat foods ( avocado, eggs, red meat, salmon, nut butters, plain yogurt) and she may accept them - eat them yourself and offer her bites!
    Thanks for your post, appreciate it. I've tried all sorts of high fat foods like Greek Yoghurt with pureed fruit for sweetness, have added cheese to mashed potato and I tried quite a few of the Annabel Karmel recipes that contained chicken, salmon and beef...but the little miss doesn't take to anything
    I think I'll need to fully embrace BLW, as she is perfectly happy to place food into her mouth herself...not that she knows what to do with it once there...I guess she'll learn..

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    Default Re: 8 month old refuses to eat solids-help!

    oh Annabel Karmel, my son wasn't into solids untill a few weeks ago ( he is 11 and a half month now) I found her book in the library and tried one of the recipies in it. Since then he got much better and now i plan his meals according to the book. Wish i had the book earlier.

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