9 1/2 month old not wanting to be fed

Michelle - posted on 08/01/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 9 1/2 mo old normally happy little man. He has always been a phenomenal eater. Recently he's been insistent on grabbing the spoon and when I refuse to give it to him, he gets really fussy and won't let me feed him. He will pick up finger foods, but will only chew them and spits them out. He hasn't eaten much in the last couple of days. It's very frustrating and worries me, very much. He's become significantly more independent since becoming mobile. I'm lucky to get a full bottle down him, as well. Sippy cups are play things to him. Any help or ideas you might have, would be great!! Thank you!

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Michelle - posted on 08/01/2016

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Thank you, Dove. I've been trying to do that as well as a myriad of other ideas, in order to get him to eat 'something'. He isn't afraid to try different things, but still wont swallow them. Since he was about 6-7 months old, he would eat 1 1/2 4 oz containers of pureed foods, and 3-4 6 ounce bottles of formula. He's a very big guy (not fat) just very tall...the size of a 1 year old. He hasn't tolerated chunky foods at all, and will only gnaw on the few finger foods I give him. He has 8 teeth and is currently cutting his one year molars and eye teeth... His first molar has poked through, now we're waiting for the other 7 (yikes!) I suspect teething is a major contributor to all of his eating issues, even when he was eating well but not tolerating any chunky's. I'm hoping all of this will resolve themselves over time.

Dove - posted on 08/01/2016

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Let him feed himself. Breast milk or formula is still supposed to make up the bulk of his diet, so if he's not too efficient at self feeding... it doesn't matter too much. Not finishing his bottles... if it's only been the last few days he could be teething or some other minor temporary issue. As long as he's drinking enough of his milk to stay hydrated I wouldn't worry too much. If he's not you might want to bring him to the doctor just in case.

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