How does babby eat?
November 19, 2012 6:21 AM Subscribe
Baby feeding edition: my almost 1-year old is not eating solids, should I be concerned?
posted by mooselini to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Baby mooselini is turning 1 in a few weeks and with our pediatrician appointment coming up, I am not sure if her not eating solids should be a source of worry at this age.
We started attempting "solids" at 5.5 months of age, oatmeal mixed with breastmilk. She was not at all interested. I have tried to offer her different foods, both fruit and vegetables every couple of weeks since then. I have made my own, store-bought, etc. I thought that maybe baby-led would be more appropriate for her, and while she eagerly picks food off her tray and tries to eat it, she frequently gags and even throws up all of it and then some. Her weight gain has slowed since she became an incredibly active little baby (she was breastfed until 9 months and now she is formula fed).
I do not want to push her to eat because I do not want eating be associated with any negative emotions. So I offer her a little here and there during the day, sometimes she has half a spoonful of yogurt and then loses interest, sometimes she refuses all together or even gags. I looked into oral/tactile sensitivity, but she doesn't seem to avoid textures at all, she never has had problems eating breastmilk or formula, not a colicky baby, great sleeper, takes water from sippy, hitting all her milestones on time.
At her 9 month appointment her pedi suggested withholding food in the hope that if she is hungry she will eat. While I haven't tried starving her (seems extreme), she still seems not to be interested in solids if she is hungry if I offer them before her bottle.
I am a bit at a loss finding a balance between waiting for her to accept solids when she is ready and finding a specialist (my gut feeling is telling me I should just wait for at least a couple of months). Any hive-mind advice/anecdata would be appreciated.