My babies don't want to eat solids!

Veronica - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Anyone else having an issue? My twins are both on breastmilk only- with bottles during the day and nursing at night. I started rice cereal 2 weeks ago, veggies last week and some fruit this week. My son does not even open his mouth for the spoon and my daughter is touch and go..They don't seem to like anything, especially the cereal. My Pediatrician said it sometimes takes up to 17 tries before a baby takes to it.... It's kinda frustrating! Any advice?

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Sarah - posted on 11/21/2008

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my son isn't so keen either. we are trying to feed him when we are eating as well, hoping that the "monkey see, monkey do" rule will take hold. sometimes i worry about it, as other (younger) babies at playgroup seem to be eating lots. he is breastfed, though, so my doctor said not to stress it, and that he is stil getting lots of good nutrients form momma. i guess we just have to keep trying!

Melissa - posted on 11/17/2008

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First of all, all props to you for breastfeeding twins!!!! and still breastfeeding them. My son took to eating really easy. I also make my own food. It takes me a couple hours in one day and I have food for a month or more. On Sunday I made 6-8 different veggies and fruit. All I do is cook it, (steam the apples or pears) and then puree it in a blender and then freeze it. I haven't tried store bought food for him, but he probably would eat anything, the chunk.

Tara - posted on 11/17/2008

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I think it took more than 17 times for my little man to like it or get the hang of it. You can just stop all around and try again in a couple weeks. They really only need breast milk. My little man is doing great now at 6mo and loves all his food. Be careful of the rice cearal. It constipates bad!! Give them prunes or things that start with a P, like peaches, peas ect... Try oatmeal too. My baby don't like the rice alone. I had to mix stuff in it.

Lindsey - posted on 11/13/2008

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My daughter is the same way. Wants no part of cereal. ALthough she is a chow hound so she wakes up in the night . she is so happy but i just wnat to sleep.. someone suggested that they sell cereal with bananas so i might try that. let me know if you have any sucess.

Laura - posted on 11/13/2008

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Hi Veronica! We started my son David on solids about 6 weeks ago but after three days, he was crying during the meals and won't eat more than a few bites so we decided to just wait until he seemed more interested. Then last week he started showing more interest in our food so we tried again. The first feeding, he ate two tablespoons of rice cereal so I thought "hooray!" but then after that he started fussing and won't eat more than a few bites each feeding. So fustrating! We tried for one week and I was about to say "let's just wait again", but suddenly it just seemed to click and he was eating two tablespoon servings again. It might be like your doc says, it just takes time for them to get used to it, but I also think that since David has been so intently interested in our food, it helped that I started feeding him during our mealtimes or while I had a little snack - he thinks he is sharing my food. I also think he prefers to have the cereal made with pear juice instead of breastmilk. It was sort of like he was fine with a completely new taste and texture but he wasn't too sure about his breastmilk suddenly being all thick and funny tasting. Hope that helps. If they don't take to it soon, I'd say just hold off for a few weeks and try again. Good luck.

Diana - posted on 11/12/2008

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My son loved oatmeal, but when I introduced veggies and fruit...forget it! So, I decided to mix each with oatmeal. Now he eats fruit mixed with oatmeal in the morning, oatmeal in the afternoon, and vegetables mixed with oatmeal then a free standing fruit in the evening. We've come a long way! I hope that this helps! Good luck with your twins!

Cathie - posted on 11/12/2008

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Hi! Sorry for your frustration! It does take several tries before they get used to the having something thicker in their mouth. Keep feeding solids around the same time so they will get used to the routine. My Dr. said don't force them....if they take 1 bite & then refuse, just try again later. My daughter was very picky w/ sweet fruit & some veggies so I decided to make my own. I'm sure your thinking..."What!" "I have no time...I have twins!" I found that my daughter likes the food much better & is now happy to eat! If your interested, let me know & I will let you know some tips that made it so easy for me. Just hang in there.....they will not starve! :)

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