E.S. asks from New York, NY on October 03, 2008
10 Month Old Refusing to Eat Food, Will Only Nurse
Hello moms! My 10 month old daughter has been pitching a fit when I try to feed her food. I'm wondering if this happens, that a baby will go on a food strike for a short time. I must include that she has some developmental delays but has always been very healthy. She successfully started eating solid food at 6 months, but she still can't handle much chunkyness. It has gotten progressively worse over the past few days, but today she would start to complain and then cry if I tried to put a bib on her. As I tried to put the spoon in her mouth she would get more upset. It is pointless to try FORCE her to eat. So then, when she is upset and crying, I'll nurse her. She 's happy and satisfied, I'm relieved, and she's no closer to wanting food. She has gone on a food strike before. Maybe because she was constipated or teething. But she is SO UPSET. I'm afraid she is going to never want to eat food again! She is supposed to be eating more food not less! Anyone else experience this with their child? Thanks for any advice you may have.
D.S. answers from New York on October 04, 2008
I am the owner of a childcare center and have worked with infants for many years. Sometimes I find that when a baby is really hungry they look for immediate satisfaction from breast or bottle and do not have the patience or desire to eat solids. What I normally do (with bottle fed babies) is let them drink a few ounces let their little tummies feel slightly full and then introduce solids and sometimes it works. I don't know what it is but i think they don't look at the solids as food and just associate the milk with eating. I am not a doctor but I know I have seen it work many times for us at my center. Maybe if you try the solids before she is really hungry or tired she will be more receptive to eating. If she gags when eating try to make the cereal more liquid and then gradually thicken it us as she gets used to it. Good Luck!!!
S.T. answers from Albany on October 04, 2008
Have you tried letting her eat by herself and does she drink a bottle or sippy cup? My husband was trying to figure out last night why our 12 month was still crying when he was feeding him an it turned out because he wanted to feed himself because he knows how fast or slow he wanted to eat and he was tired which made it worst to feed him rather than feeding himself and with my second one, he did not want to eat anymore if he's thirsty and still that way and he's almost 3 years old. That is why I always have their sippy cup with them when they eat and my third one will drink if he wnts to but prefers to eat independently. But, perhaps you need to ween her just a little bit because she will eat if she's hungry enough. You put the bib on her or let her go topless and let her eat on her own because she should be eating solids and you need to show her that she can't be the "boss" in that or in any situation. I'll pray for Jesus's Wisdom in this area if you as Him....Let us know what happens...thanks. If any more questions feel free to ask more to me and other mothers. I have and alot of experience with three boys..ages 3 1/2, 2 1/2, and a 1 year old.
N.R. answers from New York on October 04, 2008
My son is 9 months and he does the food strike everytime he is sick or teething. It is hard, because it is nursing non-stop, but when he is well again, he takes the food with no problem! Hope that is the case for you.
S.L. answers from Binghamton on October 04, 2008
My nursing daughter (now 19 months) wasn't really interested in solids until she was 13 months. If her weight and iron are ok I wouldn't worry about it. Give it a break and try again later. I know cultures that don't start solids until 15 months! Of course she will eat, when she is ready. My daughter hated cereal and baby food. She skipped the whole stage and went to adult food, no big deal.
J.P. answers from New York on October 04, 2008
My son who was my 4th child wouldn't eat any food at all until he was 12 months he was just a nurser. He was always and still is very healthy at age 23. My babies did lose their interest in food when teething. I would mention it to your doctor but if nursing is all she is accepting just go with it babies know what they need.
I would also try to feed her in a different way like no bib or put her on your lap , different room etc. The important thing is breast milk is enough for her at this time.
Take care and good luck
E.E. answers from New York on October 04, 2008
It's probably just a phase. She is probably just not feeling well. My 8 month old son acts the same way when he is teething, so I just go with it. I offer him some foods and if he eats it, great. If not, I don't push the issue. If you try to force her it will become a power struggle. I would suggest laying off the solids for a few days, don't introduce anything new this week and then see if she is ready to come back to them. Try her favorites and never force her to eat. This can also interfere with her ability to distinguish hunger from fullness if she is made to eat when she's not hungry. I think breastfed babies tend to take longer to transition into solids. But take comfort in the fact that she is breastfeeding well and getting good nutrition from the breast milk. Once she is ready to start again I'm sure she will let you know.
A.P. answers from New York on October 04, 2008
My son hated bibs once he reached about 9 months old, and hated being fed. So I stopped forcing the bib issue, and started giving him foods he could use to self-feed. You could try that, although there's certainly nothing wrong with just nursing her. Could be a phase.
J.D. answers from New York on October 04, 2008
Just nurse her. Trust me, she won't still be nursing when she goes to kindergarten!
Don't push the food thing, it'll only make it worse. She'll come around eventually.
Enjoy this time, it'll be gone before you know it!
'Hope this helped- good luck.
C.P. answers from New York on October 04, 2008
One of my twins Never ate baby food. Most of the reason was because she had acid reflux and the texture made her gag. I would try small amounts and dont force it. little by little gradually, she will get used to it. Just keep offering it. If she is still getting enough breast milk or formula, that is her main nutrition. Maybe try adding a little cereal (baby) to her bottle if she is on one. She WILL eat food again. Teething may have something to do with it also. or try the 1st foods that dont have that much texture. Have u really taken a good look at the 2nd and 3rd stage foods? lol, I wouldn't eat that stuff, lol. I remember, my twins were more interested in our food at that age. If it is small and soft enough, try giving her people food instead. FF, mashed potatoes, soft veggies, small pieces of pasta. as long as she is getting the whole concept of the food being in her mouth and the action of swallowing and some chewing, she should do fine. Mommies knows best. Good luck