hi my name is kay and i have a six month old little boy, ive been told that i have to start weaning him on to solid foods as he will no longer be getting all the nutrients he needs from my milk alone. i have been trying to feed him everything from baby rice to mashed potato, fruit and veg purees but hes just not liking anything i give him, he spits everything out and then refuses to take anything after only a couple of teaspoons. its stressing me out quite a lot as many of his peers are already eating bowl fulls of food and i cant seem to get him to eat anything. any tips on how i can get him to eat???

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Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2012

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I agree with Michelle. As far as spitting everything out, it isn't because he doesn't like it, it is because he hasn't learned how to work his tongue and mouth to swallow the food yet. Just calm down, and take it slow. I promise he is getting all the nutrients he needs from your milk. Also, don't compare him to your friends' children. I know that's easier said than done, but your baby will work at his own pace.

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Patricia - posted on 12/03/2012

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First of all you need to stop listening to everyone else and listen to your son. He is clearly telling you he is not ready for food yet you keep trying hard to feed it to him because other people tell you he needs to be weaned?



Babies get everything they need from the formula for that first year of life. He will be fine without food!!



My daughter actually did not get any solids until she was 2 1/2, but that was only because she could not tolerate solids due to being a preemie. She did just fine on the formula. She was gaining weight normally and they doctor had no concerns whatsoever.



I suggest you just give him the formula and then in a few months try the foods again.

Jodi - posted on 12/02/2012

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There's a saying: "Food for fun until they're one!" That means that, your milk alone has everything that precious little bundle needs until a year...and sometimes longer. My first born didn't start taking to solids until nearly 9 months old, and she was and still is perfectly fine. If he's not ready he's not ready, try again in a week with just a teaspoon of baby food mixed with some of your breastmilk to make it extra runny and easy to get down. He's just fine, and only a teaspoon, maybe 2 at a meal. Don't worry about his peers, no two babies are alike after all!

Rose - posted on 12/01/2012

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When I started to wean my youngest onto cereal and stuff I used breast milk to make the cereal. I started with just barely enough to say it was in there and slowly thickened it as the week went on. He might just not like the texture of the food. Although there isn't a whole lot I can think of at the moment that would help with that. But you're not alone, some kids just take a little longer to want to eat real food.

Judy - posted on 12/01/2012

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It sounds like his tongue isn't working to pull the food in and he is probably getting frustrated and loosing interest in eating. As long as he's not underweight or loosing weight don't worry about the nutrition side of it. Start with a tablespoon of cereal mixed with applesauce and breast milk. Make it kinda pasty or the thick side to help his tongue get ahold of it. Give him only a little bit and expect it will mostly come back out at you just scoop it back up and in and he'll get the hang of using his tongue. Make it a game of zooming and puttering noises if it helps keep him interested. Mainly don't worry. As my mother used to tell me "I've never seen a 5 year old nursing."

Samantha - posted on 12/01/2012

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My 5 month old is allergic to a lot of his baby foods and his doctor just told us to go slow and keep trying different kinds, he doesn't even need to be eating baby food yet. The main thing he needs is his formula/breast milk. But since all of his allergic reactions I haven't even tried anymore baby food yet. He also had a hard time learning how to eat his food too and just kept pushing it back out with his tongue, i tried using the things you give them medicine in and would put his food in his mouth that way until he learned to swallow, then he picked up on it with a spoon.

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2012

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It's not true that he won't be getting everything he needs from you. Solid foods before 12 months is just for fun and taste, not nutrition.



He should only be having 1-2 teaspoons anyway at his age. You do are doing everything right.

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