Weening troubles

Jennifer - posted on 09/12/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )




My daughter was breastfed until 5 months, then nursed at night with baby food during the day since there was NO WAY I could keep up enough milk production while working full time! At the time, she went smoothly to taking breastmilk from a bottle from the sitter and her father (though I could never feed her any way but from myself). Recently, she has begun refusing breastmilk even from the bottle--which is even more problematic since I was placed on medication that I had to abruptly ween her (against what I wanted, but the medication is a "must have", unfortunately). We are still having some problems, but just yesterday we tried placing a little (very little!) amount of chocolate flavoring in her soy formula, and she will drink it that way. Then she started drinking juice...and now she's back to eating. She lost a pound and a half in two weeks (from the abrupt weening I think), so we are adding rice cereal to all baby food feedings to try to get her back to the weight we have been told she needs to be at. I'm worried about her, but encouraged that she seems to be finally taking fluids from a sippy cup (still refuses bottles) and is eating again. When she refuses even a spoon, I rub a little of orajel on her gums, wait a few minutes, then try again. That seems to help.

If anyone else has any thoughts about what we can do to get her to eat more, let me know!


Cheri - posted on 09/15/2009




Hi Jennifer,

Your daughter could be teething and the summer heat together can sometimes make babies not want to eat or drink. But under a year, please take her to a Dr., she cannot be loosing weight. Promise, you'll take her to the Dr.?

I hope you two are doing better soon! Let us know!

God bless you and your daughter,


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