Won't eat baby food

Chelsea - posted on 11/07/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My daughter is 12 months old and has been eating solids along with breastfeeding for six months now. When she was younger, she wanted to eat baby food more than breastfeed, but now she wants to breastfeed more. I've been trying to get her to eat baby food more, but she won't eat it and throws a fit until i start breastfeeding her. Sometimes, she will take the baby food, but only takes a few bites and then wants to breastfeed. Can anyone help me understand why this is? And what I can do to get her to eat more baby food? From what I've been told she needs it now that she's older just as much as breast milk. I forgot to mention, she also has no problem eating adult food. It's just baby food she doesn't like to eat.


Melissa - posted on 11/07/2010




I agree with others, but also wanted to say that if you plan on doing full term bfing there is nothing wrong with your baby having more bm than adult food/baby food.
"Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child - there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby's diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body's way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he's getting.

All you need to do is to continue to offer foods. Don't worry if he's not interested or takes very small amounts. Your only true responsibility is what you offer, when you offer it and how you offer it, not whether or not he eats it. That has to be up to him. Trying to force, coax, or cajole your child into eating is never recommended. Continue to nurse on demand, day and night, and trust your child to increase the solids when he's ready. As baby slowly moves into eating more solids, your milk will fill any nutritional gaps nicely."

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2010




she absolutely does not need baby food. there is nothing wrong with her eating adult food so if thats what she prefers, go with it! purees are really only a transitional food that some parents chose to go with until baby learns to chew.


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Celeste - posted on 11/07/2010




I agree with the other 2 ladies, she doesn't need baby food. If she prefers regular table food, I'd stick with that.

Jessyka - posted on 11/07/2010




I agree with Jennifer -- she does not need baby food. My son is (almost) nine months and has never had baby food -- right now he is lunching on a ham and cheese sandwich, celery sticks and carrot sticks. :)

It's true that, after 12 months of age, a baby should be getting the majority of nutrients from food as opposed to breastmilk. But there are a couple of things that may be going on with her sudden wish to BF instead of be spoon fed.

1.) She is not in control when you are spoon feeding her baby food. When eating table food and BF-ing, she is in control of how much she gets and at what rate.

2.) Comfort -- BF-ing is more than just nutrition, it is a comfort thing for most babies. Have there been any changes in her routine lately? Is she cutting her molars or something?

Good luck!

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