My 11-month-old daughter will barely eat. Last month she ate chicken, carrots, pasta, cheese, whole wheat bread, but now it's nothing but Kix. She spits everything out, or won't take it at all. She is below-average weight. We still nurse, but my milk supply isn't what it used to be. Help!

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Krystle - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi Shannon,

I can relate, my son goes through sperts where he'll eat lots and not so much at other times, I find if his gums are bothering him there's only certain things he'll eat, teething also makes them feel sick and that'll do it too, if she's nursing that's a good thing, Your body will adjust as to how much she nurses and will increase it's milk supply.

Good luck and don't worry about averages, every child is different, I think it's another way to stress out a mom. She'll eat when she's hungry!

Shannon - posted on 01/20/2009

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Thank you so much for all the great replies. It's so comforting to know that other moms are going (have gone) through this. She is very healthy (despite a couple colds). I'll make sure that she has all the good stuff in front of her, then trust that she'll eat when she's hungry. Mostly, I need to reeeee-lax! First time mom syndrome! (P.S. I've tried formula several times over the year and she adamantly refused.)

Sally - posted on 01/20/2009

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HI Shannon. In the short term I would suggest supplementing your milk with formula, It has all the necessary vitamins and minerals. The other thing is she is still young so dont worry about food she is eating if she is getting enough from the milk.



I went through something simlar with my boy, I let him have his fill of milk for a week or two to build him back up and then started intorducing one food at a time. one a week so I could establish exactley what he liked and then after about six months I realised he was eating meals and the milk was for comfort for him.



I wish you all the best

Cheryl - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hello Shannon, It can be very frustrating children and food.  I remember my mother always saying "don't play with your food" but I did a bit with my kids...they related to Peter Pan so I played swords with the celery and that's how I got my 2 year old to eat celery.  I had them make faces on their plate with veggies. Be creative but I stuck to my guns on what I didn't want them to have...kids will eat when hungry.  They will not starve.  I call all candy, sugar food...allowed only a little.  My appologies, I am an holistic nutritionist and am very passionate about the health of children.  Plus my kids love smoothies/shakes so they get one every day...just started to put a little bit of spinach in it.  They cannot taste it!  Please feel free to contact me if you want more info!!

Brenda - posted on 01/20/2009

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Don't worry. My son was exactly the same way- underweight until about age 3, and would go on kicks where he would eat absolutely only one thing. My dr was right- he'll get sick of it eventually- if not- it won't hurt her. If it continues for a long time, consider some vitamin supplements for what she may be missing. It's amazing how a baby knows by instinct when theyre full, hungry, and crave what their body needs!

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2009

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We find it helps our 12 month old to be on our lap rather than in the highchair.  She likes to share our meals rather than have babyfood... you might try feeding her on your lap and letting her have little bits of the (nutritious healthy) food that you are eating.



best wishes

Annette - posted on 01/19/2009

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his Shannon, sounds like your babe has found something that is very tasty, so is now refusing everything else, just try to be persistant with providing everything but the kix except for treats or rewards, they will get hungry and eat, my twins sent through a stent and were also a bit under the weight percentages. good luck

Donna - posted on 01/19/2009

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hi shannon, my 17 month old is going thru same thing he used to eat well now hardly eats wont eat if i feed him etc, so i just offer him all sorts food thru day i guess over day he eats enough by picking and he is going great , i also got baby vitamins pentavite from chemist its good for active kids ... good luck donna

Lisa - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had a similar problem with my daughter when she was about that age.  If she is below average weight but is continuing to gain weight, then nurse her as you normally do and present her with the normal variety of foods.  Our pediatrician told us that children won't starve in the presence of food!  If she doesn't fill up on liquids, and is offered 3 meals and 2 small snacks a day eventually she will eat.  The good news is at this age they only need to have about a teaspoon or so of each food for it to be a full serving for her.  The hardest part is not giving her what she is probably going to be looking for which is the Kix, because they don't have enough nutrition for her.  I hope that helps. 

Dalane - posted on 01/19/2009

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I can't offer advice on the solids front however you may wish to try baby formula since she is still drinking milk. Understandably you are not producing enough milk for an 11 month old who only wants to have milk all the time now... formula is more filling and will help to get her weight back up.

Charity - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hi Shannon!  Both of my kids are small, so I wouldn't worry to much about that.  What matters most is if she is healthy.  My kids come from smaller stock, hubby only 5 7 and I'm 5 3.  Both of my kiddos fell into the 3rd to 5th percentile in weight, but they were healthy breastfed babies.  I fought with my pediatrician a lot on my 1st child hes 6 now, about his weight, at his last visit, the doc told me, he'd never seen a healthier child.  My daughter goes through spurts on her solid eating.  She loves to eat, but some days she just doesn't seem to be in to it as others.  Is your little one teething?  I've noticed w/ Eden, my 1yr old, that when her teeth are bothering her she won't eat as much.  My advice is to give her a few days and nurse when she wants.  She's old enough to not let herself go hungry.  Be patient all will work out.  Good luck & God Bless!

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