My 1 year old son only wants to breastfeed

Grace - posted on 06/02/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm so confused as what to do with my son who doesn't want to eat. He mainly just wants to breastfeed. I try everything to get him to eat. Any suggestions? I welcome them all.

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Tefanny - posted on 06/02/2015

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why worry
If he likes to breast feed it the best thing for him
my daughter was until 4. Plenty of protection against the elements.
Whole foods you can just leave him plates of nibbles like carrots, broccoli,
Cucumber pieces taking the skin off to stop indigestion. bread sticks.
must leave water around to drink.

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Elena - posted on 06/11/2015

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Hi, I started weaning my daughter when she was 6 months old but it was very unsuccessful till one day I was away for 3 hours, she didn't want to nurse before I left and she got very hungry staying with her dad. He was confused at the beginning but then offered her water and banana. She ate so much of the banana, I could not believe it!!!!
Some other moms experience with babies addicted to the breast (kind of...:)) share that having another significant adult, not smelling like breast milk, offer solid food, helps.

She (my daughter) generally does not like the puree, prefers chunks of food. For months I couldn't feed her with spoon, she just used her fingers - so I steamed veggies, etc. Now she allows spoon feeding with small pieces of food.

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Joce - posted on 06/10/2015

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I am a big supporter of Breastfeeding, but today we are lucky enough to have a choice in the matter. My friend had the same issue with her 18 months son. Here are a couple of her suggestions:

Try to Keep offering the "solid" you are trying to get him to eat. If he doesn't want it, He doesn't HAVE to eat it, but a maximum exposure is suggested. Sometimes he may touch it, pick it up and play with it ... just to feel it. That's ok let him do it (hopefully without too much mess). By doing that he's getting used to it--it's might be a little process.

Also, Offer soft foods cut up in very small pieces. Her son was more inclined to actually put a soft bite of cooked carrot in his mouth than a crunchy cracker. Cooked peas and carrots or banana , avocado, etc. Make them as small as you think necessary.

Me personally I sometimes gave my daughter (a little older than one) a plastic spoon and let her try to feed herself. She would only get a couple of bites into her mouth, but after that she was more incline to keep it in her mouth, chew, and swallow it.

The bottom line is If he is healthy and is happy at the age of one and you are not in a rush to change anything, things will happen in there due course. Hope that helps!

Andrea - posted on 06/09/2015

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Have you tried pumping breastmilk and then mixing it with just a little bit of baby cereal or baby food just to give it a little different taste, as a kind of an "in-between"?
Do you think it is more the taste or the texture which your son dislikes? Maybe some of the food is too lumpy for his sensitive tastes? If it's the taste...It might be an extreme measure but if you eat more spicy or garlicky or different-tasting foods that taste will carry over to your breastmilk and maybe, possibly, your son might learn to accept different tastes that way...though unfortunately maybe it would make him gassy or upset his stomach if he's not used to you eating those things at all.
And I agree with other commenters that maybe he would prefer to be able to feed himself...if you're up for dealing with a big mess.
Good luck! Eventually he'll decide to eat something...what a happy day that will be. :D

Elizabeth - posted on 06/03/2015

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This is happening to my sister right now. She finds her daughter eats more solids when she can feed herself. Cheerios, shredded cheese, mashed sweet potatoes. Anything she can pick up with her hands and put in her own mouth. It's messy, but effective.

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