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okay well im a young mom im 18 years old and my son is 1 and all he wants is his bottle he hates all food and i dont know what to go becuz he is on homo milk and im scared he not gettin enough vitamins anyone got feedin tip and food idea for 1 years old please im stuck

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Sheelagh - posted on 07/22/2009

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I suggest taking the bottle and only offering milk in a sippy cup and only after you have tried food first. He may not want any thing to do with baby food. So just give him adult food but make sure they are small peices and you watch that he does not over stuff his mouth. He will not starve himself. He will eat when he is hungry but do not just give him milk so that he gets something. He needs to get to a place where he wants to eat food to get the proper nutrition. Keep trying different things, but limit the milk. Offer water if he is thirsty. There is a certain amount of milk he should be getting every day, and I would limit his intake to that amount. Ask your doctor how much that should be. Or research it online.

Cathralynn - posted on 07/21/2009

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I'm gonna be in the minority prolly and advocate tough love. If he is one year old he should be stopping drinking from bottles anyways. If you only offer his milk from a cup he will automatically drink less. And then he will need to eat more to fill his hunger. Find out from your doc how much milk he should drink a day max and offer no more than that. He will not starve himself. Try offering finger foods, he has teeth right? Has he not eaten anything ever? If he can chew and swallow you just need to find the foods he's willing to try. Keep looking. But if you have to start from scratch to teach him eating techniques I guess you'd start with baby cereal and stage one baby foods. Then progress up. I would definately get advice from your doc. Also if he has eaten before and now just wants milk give it time. Soon toddlers don't grow as much as they did as infants and need less food. Or maybe he is teething or getting sick? My daughter drinks milk more and eats almost nothing when she has a cold or teething. Good luck!

Donna - posted on 07/21/2009

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I'm sory I must be out of touch is Homo milk homogenised milk? I think you need a specialist with this one. It may be that he doesn't like the texture of the food after only having liquids. Try letting him handle the food himself so he gets use to the feel of the food. Let him try foods from your plate. They usually will want to eat what mum is eating. Good luck.

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Devona - posted on 07/24/2009

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Well everything that I read said to keep giving them food and it may take 10 to 15 times before they will eat it. Just try the same thing over and over. Also with my daughter I did the feeding times for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time for consistancy and offered the bottle after the ate.

Darlene - posted on 07/23/2009

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Try putting a little cereal in his milk at night, it will help him feel full and to sleep longer. Do not put him to bed with a bottle, it creates what is called bottle rot, I did not take my daughter off of the bottle until she was two, I am a dental assistant and I know when the childs teeth will go bad, Introduce foods as early as you can or, just for a short time and then offer a sippy cup before going to bed, Then have him brush his teeth. (It encourages good hygene) If he does not sleep thru the night, try reading him a story. It will calm him to sleep. I am a mom at 44, trust me when I say that a cup with cereal and a story are magic. I do not agree with most of the mom's, but at my age and my experience I can tell you that taking the bottle away before 2 does not work unless you have an alteriatve motive, each child is different and they respond in different ways. You need t feel what your child needs, do not listhen to the doctors, they only have a digree in medicine, not in child psycology...Each child is different and you have to be the person who can acknolodage his situation, use your gut instinct, it will tell you every tine. I did not listhen to the Dr's. I followed my gut instant and it worked perfectly for me. My daughter is almost 5 and I had no problems with her, you just need to follow your gut instinct.

Billie - posted on 07/23/2009

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For heavens sake people............he is 1, there is nothing wrong with a bottle. my son still had his at 18months old, he is now 35, a 6foot tall sports mad guy with perfect teeth!

Just be sensible Kylie, and go with your gut instinct.

This post from Lyndsay is good advice



Just keep introducing foods. Offer foods before his bottle, not after or at the same time. If he's hungry enough he will eventually eat something.



Don't worry. If he was 2 or 3 and still having a problem then I would think you need to seek help.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/22/2009

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Some babies have issues with texture. My son did and still does. But now that he's almost 2, it's more of he's just plain picky. It's ok to still feed a 1 year old baby food. There is nothing wrong with pureeing food and gradually increasing the amounts of table foods. Start off with soft things like cooked veggies and soft fruits like bananas. Just keep offering a variety. Pickiness is normal for a 1 year old. Will he drink out of a sippy cup at all? If he can, throw away the bottles and only give him milk in a sippy cup. He may not want it at first and throw a fit, but eventually if he's thirsty enough he will drink it. Make sure you are not allowing him to fill up on liquids before meal/snack time. Also talk to your doctor about liquid vitamins. My son is on the Enfamil Poly-vi-sol vitamins with iron due to the fact he won't eat a variety of foods. Just don't put it in milk because calcium decreases iron absorption. I put it in my son's diluted juice because the vitamin C increases iron absorption.

ME - posted on 07/22/2009

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Try starting with smooth foods...yogurt, applesauce, creamy soups...etc...bub will get used to new flavors, and start liking more foods...my son needs to try a new food 3-10 times before he starts to eat it really well...don't give up...and deffinately offer the food when you know bub is hungry, and not right after a bottle or sippy of liquid. I let my son run around for 20-45 min after he wakes up, so I know he's really hungry, and we won't be wasting food, that seems to help as well.

Kelsie - posted on 07/22/2009

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you should try taking the bottle away most doctors recomend it be taken away on or before their first birthday so they dont ruin their teeth it will take 3 days (those days may be very difficult) and then he will forget all about it whatever you do if you decide to take it away even for one day do not give it back or it will make it really hard to take it away after that. once the bottle is taken away and his stomache isnt full of milk all the time his appetite should increase you may have to try lots of different foods to find out what he likes i know my son is almost 17 months old and he can be very picky about what he eats still but your son will eat when he is hungry he will not starve himself they are smart they know if they dont eat you will turn around and give them a bottle trust me i just went through a similar situation with my son also you can give him a liquid vitamin supplement since you are worried about him getting enough vitamins

i hope this helps

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It sounds like he is filling up on milk. If you are at all concerned with the amount of nutrition your son is getting I would ask the doctor! Maybe try feeding solids first and then giving him his milk? If you offer the food while he is hungry he may be more inclined to eat it? I would also not give him anything to drink in a bottle other then the milk, it will make it easier to cut the bottle out if he is not used to drinking EVERYTHING from it!

Lyndsay - posted on 07/21/2009

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Also... gerber has these microwaveable meals for toddlers, they come with some kind of pasta and veggies. They were a big hit with my son, and he was also supremely picky.

Lyndsay - posted on 07/21/2009

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Just keep introducing foods. Offer foods before his bottle, not after or at the same time. If he's hungry enough he will eventually eat something.

Abbie - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son is 15.5 months old and refuses to give up the bottle as well. I tried tough love, sometimes that just doesn't work. What are you giving in the bottle milk or formula? You need to decide what is right for you. Also my son prefers baby food still. He eats some "adult" food but given the options he wants baby food. Im guessing though he might be filling up on milk & then there is no room for food. I read once that at this age they need like 15 oz of fluid a day. Also it can take up to 10 times for them to decide they like something. Just be patient with your son, its hard to be a mom, i can't imagine being 18. You can do this though. I agree to offer what you are eating. Bland food is probably better to start off with. Good luck!

Frances - posted on 07/21/2009

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Just give him what you having for lunch and dinner just cut it up into little bits. Rice cereal is good for breakie or baby museli. put him in a highchair with a plate (plastic!) of cut up yummies with a fork, spoon or spork! he'll love it, let him start to feed himself, don't worry about the mess!

Lydia - posted on 07/21/2009

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homo milk? you may have tried just bypassing the baby food and gone straight to regular food but if not that could be worth a try. If you are worried about his nutritional intake switch him from milk to formula (he may even decide he doesnt like that and would prefer food instead). If you are really struggling it may be worth finding a specialist to help get him onto the solids. Good Luck :)

Lydia - posted on 07/21/2009

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homo milk? you may have tried just bypassing the baby food and gone straight to regular food but if not that could be worth a try. If you are worried about his nutritional intake switch him from milk to formula (he may even decide he doesnt like that and would prefer food instead). If you are really struggling it may be worth finding a specialist to help get him onto the solids. Good Luck :)

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