Thanks so much for the comment about your baby not interested in food at 12 months. Your comment was very encouraging to me. My daughter is 11 months and she just started at 10 months to show more interest in food other than banana and pear, her favorites, and sometimes she won't even want her favorites, but her appetite has been increasing slowly and changes back and forth. She tried a lot of new things just this past week and ate a bunch, then very little this week. Last week coincided with visiting a bunch of people, and I think seeing so many people eat together at the table helped. Naomi isn't growing as fast as she used to, but hasn't lost either. I think for the mother who started this thread, if her baby hasn't lost a significant amount of weight, she should not be worried, especially if the doctor says she is OK. When Naomi is not interested in her baby food, just minutes later she will want to put something in her mouth that I am eating, and bite pieces off or just suck on it. Even if the food is too solid yet for her comfort in swallowing, I think the tasting and the experimenting is still good for her and watching other people enjoy food.
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I forgot to mention, though, to make sure she is taking a daily dose (1 ml) of iron supplement because if she isn't getting enough iron from a protein sources or some other source, like enriched cereal (milk does not have enough), then, she may be lacking iron and loss of appetite IS one of the symptoms of anemia.
Night nursing is normal behavior in an 11 month old regardless of her daytime diet. That being said, is there a reason why she isn't eating carbs and proteins. A lot of kids that age enjoy a wide range of proteins (meat, egg, organic tofu, whole beans, higher protein grains like quinoa cakes) and carbs as well (whole grain pasta, brown rice, oatmeal).
All that being said, one of kids was fairly late to solids (ate them and when on strike for a few months) and then resumed at around 12m. He is and was a massive, healthy and a big nurser. Breastmilk alone can be perrfectly adequate as nutrition. The key is whether their diet can be enhanced by solids.
Ok i have an 11 mo son and he still nurses like a fiend! he's a huge fan of night nursing I think mostly for the comfort of it, and who doesn't like a midnight snack!? :)
He does eat all sorts of fruits and veggies and is fine with dairy (yogurt and cottage cheese) and we introduced chicken (texture not his fav, but dark meat mixed with a hint of the pan drippings and potato makes it palatable ive found)
I figured it was time to add a few other proteins bc i wast able to keep up with his demand around 9 months which is when we started protein, that may be what is needed, just a little extra boost before bed!
DS eats a light breakfast, and a little more at lunch and dinner, but still nurses throughout the day and is very content... oh and hes a big boy... 25lbs (but tall too)
hope this helps!
My 9 month old eats anything we will let her get her hands on. We usually let her try baby safe bits of whatever we are eating. Her favorites so far- avocado, mango, banana, hamburger, beans, any kind of bone to gnaw on. I get some purees in those little sacs (esp. mixes like spinach, pear) and puffs for portable foods. I have given up on trying any jars of baby food since she want to feed herself so bad. See also eats quinoa and brown rice. She nurses on demand when I am not working, probably an average of about 5-6 times a day and maybe 2-3 times at night, though she much prefers solids to bottles when I am away (I have academic's schedule and hardly ever am away from her for more than 4 hours at a time). Although she is a voracious eater, she was just an ounce under 16 pounds at her appointment yesterday. My older DD did not hit 20 pounds until almost 2. Both are active, smart little girls. Healthy babies come in different sizes. I agree with the posters who said part of baby eating is experimenting and tasting. Food allergies in the family sure complicate it, but try more variety. I also agree that mine have seemed to prefer whole foods to purees; food with variable texture is more fun for them like it is for us. To the poster who said her daughter gave the baby crystal light in a sippy- I might caution that it often has aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Water or very watered down juice seems like a better option.
DS is 7 months old and I found that he was very happy when given proteins (I would chew some chicken or salmon and give it to him). Like us, they need something to sustain them.