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#1 antsy

Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:47 AM

My 10 month old is a very fussy eater. A few months ago he started refusing to be spoon fed, swiping the spoon away and firmly shutting his mouth. I gave up on spoon feeding and have been offering heaps of finger foods. Problem is that he barely eats anything. He often has a tiny bite and then refuses any more. The most he will eat is maybe a small cracker. He is barely getting a tablespoon or two of food into himself every day.

He is fully BF and I dont have a great supply either. Will DS be getting enough nutrients on a diet of mainly breast milk at this age? What else can I do to get him to eat more? He takes a bottle if he is very hungry, do you think I should be giving him some formula every day for the vitamins?

Anyone else had a very fussy eater that was BF? Were they ok?

#2 Tesseract

Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:07 PM

Many people will say that yes their baby ate very little and thrived just fine on breastmilk. But not being a health professional, and not being able to see your son, it's difficult to assess.

Is he alert and happy? Is he meeting developmental milestones? Is he doing lots of wees and regular poos? Is he tearing around the place like his peers? Is he growing? Has he got chubby bits? Is there anything, apart from the amount of food going into his mouth, that makes you worry? You can always take him to a doctor if you are worried.

If he is well and there is nothing else that is worrying you, then I would say that it is perfectly ok. A healthy child won't starve themselves, especially not at that age when they're not using food as a site of control with their parents.

Have you read Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley? It goes into the theory and evidence behind letting children feed themselves, and has lots of examples of babies who didn't really start ingesting much at all until much later. It would probably make you feel more confident. It also has lots of ideas on introducing lots of different finger foods and developing his self-feeding skills. And it helps you relax about the whole thing, which is really important so you don't make food a battle ground.

In terms of introducing formula...well since you've asked this question in the breastfeeding forum you will probably get a negative on that one. Your breastmilk is the best thing for him, especially in terms of vitamins etc - vitamins in breastmilk are more easily digested than in formula. If you introduce formula it may reduce your milk supply.

You say that you have problems with milk supply and your son isn't eating many solids - but if he is well and growing then he must be getting something from somewhere! It sounds like he is getting everything he needs from you and from the solids. He is probably drinking more than you realise, and also probably eating more than you realise - amongst all the mess that a self-feeding baby generates, it is difficult to tell what has gone down the hatch!

Finally, have you tried offering lots of different types of foods, and foods that he can easily pick up and easily eat? At that age big pasta was a real hit with us (kids. love. carbs.), topped with meatballs - she could easily pick them up and eat them, and I loved seeing all that juicy protein getting eaten! Fruit salad of course is always popular. The other thing I have found is that DD wants flavour! Bland food gets chucked over the side. She is far more interested in garlic prawns than she is in steamed carrot. Look I'm sure you've tried all that, but it was just a thought.

All the best. Tess xx

#3 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:13 PM

I've also wondered this as I've never seen my SIL feed her 9-month-old anything except the occasional custard from a jar (not mashed fresh vegies, finger food or even veggies from a jar - just sweet custard).  The baby is chubby and appears healthy (formula-fed) but shouldn't it be eating something other than custard?

#4 lucky 2

Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

From my understanding there are micronutrient "gaps" in breast milk (and the substitute) that increase as the baby ages, the commonly known one is iron, it means that as the baby grows and develops, the nutrients required are not at the amounts needed in the breast milk.
The milk will always be of benefit and food is complementary to it and as baby grows, more and more nutrients come from food.
At 10 months I'd go and get some advice from CHN for a start and if problems continue ? referral to a Dietician or paed.
But what pp's have said is great, help with interest in food, avoid formula if you are concerned with supply, breast milk is better than formula in this instance.

tigerdog, that doesn't sound like a good diet for that 9 month old, at all. He would be missing out on some/many nutrients but not protein, carbs or fats (hence growing). I'd encourage her to go to her CHN ASAP or give her some diet information from her state health dept (online) or use the national website, Raising Children Network.
All the best.


#5 libbylu

Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:33 PM

I think Iron is the main concern nutrient wise beyond 6 months.  That's why they fortify rice cereal with it.  Pretty much most other things he will get from the breast milk.

ETA you could always try some toddler formula or 6 month plus formula if he takes a bottle, as this would probably be fortified with iron.  But maybe speak to your nurse first.  Will he suck on the pureed baby food from the pouches?

Edited by libbylu, 16 April 2012 - 12:35 PM.


#6 IsolaBella

Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:34 PM

I had two children who had basically no interests in solids until 11-12m of age.

DS1 on the other hand took to solids like a pro at 6m yet he is the super fussy child who even at 6yrs refuses to eat meat, fruit, vegies etc.

DS2 and DD (my 'late' solids eaters) eat from all food groups.



#7 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

QUOTE
tigerdog, that doesn't sound like a good diet for that 9 month old, at all. He would be missing out on some/many nutrients but not protein, carbs or fats (hence growing). I'd encourage her to go to her CHN ASAP or give her some diet information from her state health dept (online) or use the national website, Raising Children Network.


I would do but I think she's just lazy, I don't think it would make any difference sad.gif

Edited by tigerdog, 16 April 2012 - 12:38 PM.


#8 Guest_bottle~rocket_*

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:10 PM

My DS was like this, although he preferred purees to finger foods.  I introduced solids at 6 months and he was never that interested.  We started with baby led weaning but he didn't eat anything after a few weeks and after speaking to our MCHN we started him on purees.  He continued to slowly gain weight, but dropped down from the 25th centile to the 5th centile on the weight charts.  

I went to a paediatrician who recommended giving him toddler formula when he was 10.5 months.  I wasn't that happy with this advice as a) he was not old enough for toddler formula b) he was getting plenty of breastmilk.  I spoke to a MCHN and the ABA who agreed that he didn't need toddler formula.

We ended up seeing a dietician when he was about 1 year and have seen her a few times since.  She had lots of good ideas to encourage him to eat more and get more protein in his diet.  He is now back on the 25th centile for weight and is thriving.

I second the suggestion of making another appointment with your MCHN to check his weight gain and general health, and also getting a referral to a dietician.


#9 antsy

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:17 PM

Thanks for the replies and advice everyone.

DS is meeting his milestones and is alert and happy and a good weight. However I dont think he has gained much weight in the last couple of months, he is being sustained by the weight he gained when he was younger and eating better. He seems fine for now but I am not sure for how much longer.

I have had a low supply with all 3 of my kids and I am taking motilium, which brings my supply just up to an adequate amount. But I am not like other women who can make heaps and heaps depending on how much baby demands. I was thinking of giving him a bottle in the evenings when my supply is the lowest? (I know how to be careful to ensure my supply is not affected because I topped up in early days before I reached a full supply)

I have also found that DS seems scared to touch certain textures eg very sticky or slimy foods so I think that is part of the problem as well. He definitely doesnt seem to enjoy eating and often whines to be let out of his highchair.

That baby led weaning book sounds good, I will try and get a copy.

Isolabella glad to hear your kids were fine despite not being interested in food at this age.

ETA thanks for that info bottle rocket, I will give my MCHN a call and see what she says.

Edited by TooManyToys, 16 April 2012 - 08:19 PM.


#10 Brownbear

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

My 10-month-old sounds the same as yours.

I give him a bottle of formula before bed (after breastfeeding), which he sometimes will drink, and other times won't. So far, he hasn't befallen any tragedy as a result of giving formula, and I feel happier knowing he isn't going to bed hungry.

He eats little bites of food here and there. Some days he eats more than others. Sometimes he eats quite a bit of a particular food only to reject it completely the following day.

He is thin, but growing, alert and happy.

I have decided not to worry about it, as there's not much I can do other than offering different foods regularly.

#11 BeachedAsBro

Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:14 AM

Hi OP my DD is 9 months & sounds similar. Meeting developmental milestones, but refusing most food (except if I'm physically not there to BF her).

I'm feeding her farex muesli of a morning now with formula & she seems to be enjoying that. She's also discovered broccoli. I offer her whatever I'm eating for dinner (she also likes spaghetti mince) but isn't a huge eater.




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