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    Default My friend's 17 month old doesn't eat!

    My friends Toddler doesn't eat. He Breastfeeding all day and all night. He maybe eats 3 types of food but not regular meals or anything and is never exposed to an array of textures, tastes etc.
    I know my friend knows what she is doing and is the most beautiful loving mum but will her son suffer in the long run because he doesn't eat, he just has breastmilk.
    Her DS is bright, bubbly seems to be meeting milestone, I just worry though...

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    Whilst the way she raises her child is her business it is concerning that the child isn't eating at all. I nurse and we recently saw a similar presentation- but 16 months and entire diet was breast milk- they were referred to a paed diet team ASAP. Maybe suggest your friend sees a GP or child health nurse

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    At what age do you suggest seeing a GP? I have a friend who's DS is 12months old and hardly eats any solids at all.

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    She says he vomits it back up and he won't be forced food. She feeds allll day and night. I'm no expert but could this cause sensory issues with food and textures. I'm Breastfeeding my first bub a 4 month old and am far from an expert but surely a busy toddler can't survive only on bm day in and day out.

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    My baby is 8 months and has texture food aversions. Its a big problem and paed has sent us off to speechy and nutrionist so she doesnt end up a 18 month old who still only wants milk

    Your friend really needs to try and sort this out. But i have no idea how you would even approach your concern. Or if you even can.

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    This was my friend exactly. Her DS was in the < 3% for weight purely as a result of low food intake but fully breastfeeding. This at about 22 month's. I saw him at 2.5 y, still breastfeeding all day and night and is now stunted due to poor nutritional intake. He looks like an active 18m old. At 2.5y he is still breast feeding 4-5 times at night and all day. He was seeing pediatricians and nutrition ists but nothing can be done as she won't stop breastfeeding!

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    My first had a lot of feeding problems as a newborn which led to oral aversion. She didn't eat solids til nearly 12 months and we saw a speechy and OT from 9 months

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    Do you know for sure that she hasn't seen a dr about it? Hopefully she's already seeing a good paediatrician. If not, she needs to see a doctor asap.

    My DS has issues with not being able to eat, and survived on prescription formula at that age but he's been monitored and under the care of a paed and several other specialists since birth.

    It can be very scary as a parent when your child can't seem to eat and I feel for your friend. But her toddler does need to see a doctor and have his iron levels etc checked, have the causes of the vomiting investigated and get a plan in place. Breast milk is not a complete food at that age.

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    We knew it was an aversion as she would not (and I mean would not) open her mouth for anything to go in it. She was tube fed for a long time then went onto bottles of a high calorie prescription formula but she also never ever put toys, objects anything in her mouth. She had had feeding problems since birth so we were well aware of the chances of oral aversion. I have 2 older step kids and 2 younger children and they have all been good eaters etc and have put toys, books, objects, dirt etc in their mouths- Maddy never ever and still won't put anything in her mouth. She is still underweight but is now eating a restricted diet

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    Quote Originally Posted by btmac View Post
    Sorry to derail the thread - but how did you know your baby has aversions?

    DS is 9.5 months and I still bf him every two hours or less around the clock. He is offered 3 meals a day plus snacks - wide variety of tastes and textures and is mostly just not interested.

    So just wondering how you can tell if there is an aversion or other problem??
    She gags chronically at anything but milk and really watery puree. Will not swallow or attempt to swallow anything mushy or chunky. Cries hysterically when food is put in front of her and heaven forbid she touches anything messy!

    We are making progress tho! ^_^

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