10 months old and won't eat!

Becs - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone ... i am actually asking this question on behalf of a good friend who is not up and running with Circle of Mums yet!

So here's the situation... and i'm interested to hear everyone's opinions on her behalf.

Theo is a beautiful 10 month old, who has been fully breasfed since birth. The trouble is, he does not seem to be interested in solids. He will suck away on chunks of cucumber and bread, and gnaw on chicken bones etc, but you offer him anything on a spoon and he refuses it, and if you manage to get any in his mouth, he just gags and spits it out.

His Mum has done an amazing job with him, but is understandably worn out as sustaining a baby of that age takes it's toll. He has been to a paediatrician who is happy that he is growing and developing well, and suggested a formula to help top up the nutrients (he won't take the formula or a bottle).

During the day he feeds (breast) 3-4 hourly , but at night he's wearing his Mum ragged wanting to feed every hour.

His Mum has been in touch with the various help groups in our area - the pro breastfeeders keep telling her there's nothing unusual and he will eat in his own time, and others say that it's not right and he really should be eating by now (not that helpful when you feel like you've tried everything to get him to eat!).

Any thoughts?

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Hayley - posted on 02/21/2014

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I swear I could have written this post myself. Everything you have described Becs is exactly what i am going thru right now with my nearly 10 month old. I know this is a very old post so if your still around can you tell me what ended up happening and how your friend overcame the situation?? Thanks so much (1 tired mummy)

Tee - posted on 04/27/2009

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I would have to agree with Hayley. Its no big deal if he wont take food off a spoon, just tell your friend to keep on offering finger foods.
If she is ready to give up breastfeeding, or even give up a few of them, just dont offer him the breast. I know that sounds easier said than done, but really it will only take a few days before he realises he is not going to get the breast at certain times of day (or night) and he will take something else.
Tell your friend not to worry too much, a baby that young will not starve itself and eventually things will sort themselves out, and probably much quicker than she thinks they will.
Good luck xxx

Hayley - posted on 04/27/2009

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the only thing i can suggest is give him finger food. my daughter was exactly the same would not eat from a spoon she preferred finger foods.find something he likes and give him lots of it that way hes more inclined to eat it. try lots of different colours and keep persisting with the same food on his plate that way he will eventually try it.like my plunket nurse told me it doesnt matter how often they have the same thing because they dont get sick of having the same food every day like we do they prefer eating what they know they like. my daughter is 19 months and still has finger foods, she eats what we are eating just not with a spoon.so try giving him what the family is eating too.hope this helps :)

Hayley - posted on 04/27/2009

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the only thing i can suggest is give him finger food. my daughter was exactly the same would not eat from a spoon she preferred finger foods.find something he likes and give him lots of it that way hes more inclined to eat it. try lots of different colours and keep persisting with the same food on his plate that way he will eventually try it.like my plunket nurse told me it doesnt matter how often they have the same thing because they dont get sick of having the same food every day like we do they prefer eating what they know they like. my daughter is 19 months and still has finger foods, she eats what we are eating just not with a spoon.so try giving him what the family is eating too.hope this helps :)

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