15 month old refuses to eat meat

Angela - posted on 01/07/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old son REFUSES to eat any sort of meat, cooked in any sort of way. I have tried everything. I am losing my mind. I had no problems with my first son when it came to him transitioning to table food. I don't know what to do! And going on other sites and message boards just makes me feel worse and frustrated, because I have tried all the suggestions. My doctor just said to starve him and "he will get it in 24 hours". He did not "get it" and I can't starve my child. HELP!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/07/2015

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another point: A child will NOT allow himself to starve. If he's hungry, he'll eat. Just concentrate on other protein sources for now.

Jodi - posted on 01/07/2015

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It's not that big a deal. My daughter wouldn't eat much in the way of meats until she was almost 3. He's hardly going to "starve". There IS other food other than meat that he eats, right? Just introduce other foods high in protein. Does he eat eggs? Dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt), nuts and seeds, beans, adding quinoa to cereal, there are plenty of other ways to maintain a nutritious diet without letting him starve.

Also, is it all meat he is refusing, or will he eat fish or seafood (tuna?), all good sources of protein.

Dove - posted on 01/07/2015

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Normal. Most toddlers actually don't eat meat. Just keep offering a little bit when you serve it and let him decide when he eats it or not. There is no reason to 'starve' him... meat is such a small portion of the diet anyway. As long as he's getting enough protein (which he can get from his milk and other sources)... he's fine.

Melanie - posted on 01/07/2015

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I agree with Shawnn. My oldest wouldn't eat meat until he was two - and even now (he's three) doesn't eat a lot of meat. However, he will eat beans, eggs, cheese and loves Greek yogurt, which is full of protein. Don't sweat it!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/07/2015

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Meat is not the only source of protein. For now, substitute another protein source. My youngest went through the 'no meat' phase, and he's a strapping 17 YO now.

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