my 13 month old is constantly refusing to eat..i dont know what to do. hell?
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Dove - posted on 09/28/2014
If you are breastfeeding when she wants to nurse... you have NO reason to worry about her not eating. Keep offering at regular intervals... but trust her to know what her body needs. Breast milk is still an awesome food at this stage of development.
Chet - posted on 09/28/2014
Since you're still nursing, I would worry a lot less. Breastmilk is a very complete food.
The nutrients in it are absorbed very easily.
People sometimes worry about iron in breastfed babies and toddlers that aren't eating a lot of other foods, but even iron is rarely a problem as long as you had good iron levels during pregnancy and your baby nursed exclusively for the first six months.
19lbs isn't a bad weight for a 13 month old. If your daughter is active and happy and developing normally, doubled her birth weight by 5 or 6 months, and has continued to gain, even slowly, she's most likely fine.
19lbs is small, but within the normal range.
Chet - posted on 09/27/2014
Offer lots of finger foods.
Offer to share bites from your plate.
Offer snacks when they are contained, like in the stroller or their carseat.
Appreciate too though, that your baby may not be very hungry. Growth slows down as babies get older, especially after a year. Your 13 month old may only need about 900 calories a day, which isn't very much.
Try to relax. Don't make food a power struggle. It's fine for you to offer food, but don't push. You don't want to teach your child to continue eating when they aren't hungry.
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