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#1 kadoodle

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

DS2 is 16 months old and was down to one breastfeed a day (bedtime).  Then he caught a gastro bug at daycare and for the last week has refused all food and drink and demanded boobie instead.

It's been a long, slow road to get solids into him, as he was a FTT baby who refused anything but milk until 8 months, after finally getting the hang of drinking with milk being syringed into him for the first 2 months.

So, do I roll with it and just let him stick to milk until he's confident about returning to solids?  Or shut the milk bar and get him onto real food?  My MCHN says this is out of her comfort zone and has referred us to a paediatric dietician.

Edited by kadoodle, 23 November 2012 - 06:59 PM.


#2 Funwith3

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

I'm pretty sure that at 16 months he can't get a sufficient amount of nutrition from breast milk alone. I would think by all means, BF as often as he wants but at some point fairly soon he needs to incorporate solids back into his routine.

#3 BeachedAsBro

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:19 PM

Yeah he needs more than BM, especially given his history. Will he take a cup or bottle with EBM? It may encourage him to have non-boobie intake.

#4 lucky 2

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

It hasn't been too long back on the breast, try not to get too stressed because if you look on the bright side, you have both succeeded once (ie getting him on to solids) and you will both be able to succeed again.
His gut does need time to heal and breastmilk is ideal for that.
But I can imagine how stressful it is to feel you have gone completely backward.
Try with nutritionally rich food that he likes whilst continuing to give breast, otherwise what else can you do right now?
? Freeze a smoothie into cubes or a icypole, make it tempting, fun and ? do you think he would like cold or hot foods?
I'd not want to distress him over it, can you get the appt with the dietician soon?

#5 kadoodle

Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

The dietician is Friday week, but I'm on the cancellations list.  I offer food, which gets politely taken, licked and dropped.  Even favourite treat foods like a chocolate frog.  Cups and drink bottles get handed back.

Poor baby.  It sucks when they're feeling poorly sad.gif

#6 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:01 AM

my little girl did this at 18 months (she was FTT too) and we just constantly offered her food (watermelon, cheese and corn cobs are the 100% for sure foods here) and I gave her as much boob as she wanted. She has gut issues and often cant tolerate food other than boob (still, at 2.5)
She didnt lose too much weight, but we have high calorie powders to add to her food still.

#7 kadoodle

Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:33 AM

Thanks Trishalishous, that's very reassuring. My eldest also regressed, but it was at 11 months, so not as big a deal.  She'd also happily take milo and sustogen in a cup.  I mean, I have no issue bf'ing toddlers as such, but I'd prefer not to as it's so darn painful and tiring.

#8 BeachedAsBro

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:05 PM

I can't imagine how stressful it must be for you. I hope everything goes well at the dietician next week.

#9 Tesseract

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:14 PM

DD (20 months now) does this when she gets sick. She'll refuse everything except the boob, want it all night long (she usually sleeps through) for at least a week. Then slowly over a couple of days she'll start taking a little solids, then a bit more, then gets her energy back, then gets distracted from the boob, then is back to her old self. But it does take a while, even after she seems to be over the illness, particularly if it's gastro (thanks childcare!).

All that said, while she didn't start eating solids until about 8 months (BLW) she has always been a big eater, we've never had FTT issues. So I know this experience isn't that directly relevent, but I thought it was interesting that my big eating/weight gaining baby behaves the same way, so thought it might be reassuring??

Hope the dietician helps and he feels better soon.

#10 kadoodle

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE (Tesseract @ 18/11/2012, 01:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DD (20 months now) does this when she gets sick. She'll refuse everything except the boob, want it all night long (she usually sleeps through) for at least a week. Then slowly over a couple of days she'll start taking a little solids, then a bit more, then gets her energy back, then gets distracted from the boob, then is back to her old self. But it does take a while, even after she seems to be over the illness, particularly if it's gastro (thanks childcare!).

All that said, while she didn't start eating solids until about 8 months (BLW) she has always been a big eater, we've never had FTT issues. So I know this experience isn't that directly relevent, but I thought it was interesting that my big eating/weight gaining baby behaves the same way, so thought it might be reassuring??

Hope the dietician helps and he feels better soon.


It is very reassureing, thank you for sharing.


#11 kadoodle

Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

Just a quick update for anyone who's interested  original.gif

We saw the dietician today and she's happy with a gentle and gradual re-introduction of solids, led by DS2's willingness to eat.  She's also referred him to a speech pathologist to rule out any oral sensitivity or aversion issues.

Thanks everyone for the support and sharing of experience original.gif

#12 Guest_bottle~rocket_*

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

My DS was also reluctant to start solids and preferred his milk.  He had gastro a few months ago (aged 2 and a half) and didn't eat anything for 5 days.  We were getting quite concerned as he was hardly having any fluids and was looking very skinny.  When he started to recover he only wanted breastfeeds (after a few days of going without).  I think this really helped his recovery. Breastfeeding is fantastic for sick toddlers and just because they want to BF more when they are sick doesn't mean that this will continue when they are better.

His GP was not worried at all about him not eating for so long, he said once he felt better he would be starving - and he was! We were amazed by how much he ate in the weeks after he recovered and he put  back all the weight he had lost.

#13 babatjie

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:38 PM

I have a below 3rd percentile son who was born SGA, who preferred breast milk over solids. He never went down to a couple feeds per day like other babies. He was demand fed, he fed many times per day up until 2. After that he has taken to solids more, but still likes his breast milk.  He was anaemic, but the doctor prescribed him an iron supplement and he took that for about a year and a half, and I made sure I offered plenty of iron rich foods.

I have always felt reassured by him receiving breast milk. I feel that it is almost a complete food, some babies just take longer to go onto solids completely. My mum said I was also very small, and took ages to take to solids. I think as long as you continue to offer a variety of healthy food options, and he gets breast milk and see the paediatric dietitian, I wouldn't cause stress by weaning if you are both comfortable with it. My son is now 2 years and 9 months, and in the rare occasion that he is unwell, he will still always have a breastfeed and keep it down much better than other fluids. There are so many benefits of a toddler breastfeeding.






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