She's 17 pounds at one year and still nurses a lot luckily. I'm assuming breastmilk has more calories than most of what I might try to feed her. DD really hasn't had much of an interest in food all along so always been a big nurser... how long is it okay for her to get about 100% of her nutrition from BM? Should I give her any vitamin supplement?
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I've read that around age 1, it is important for a child to start getting more of their nutrition from solids. But, even so, I've known kiddos who have had most of their nutrition from BM past that time. I think the worry is that children can develop an iron deficiency if they only drink BM after a certain time. Each person is different though, and each person has a different timeline, both developmentally and physiologically. Maybe you should have her iron levels checked to make sure everything is going smoothly in that department.
Some more food ideas......My kids have always been partial to frozen foods, especially while they teethe. For my first, I would make fruit smoothies, adding to them whatever I wanted him to eat, and then freeze them and cut them into little pieces which I could slip in his mouth. What if you took the yogurt that she likes and then added to it fattening things like coconut cream (the thick fatty cream skimmed off the top of a can of coconut milk - it has a little iron too), pureed well cooked grains like oats and quinoa, bananas, hard boiled egg yolks, tofu, mangoes and other fruit, etc. Then you could freeze the yogurt smoothie and cut it up into chunks. Maybe you could even blend bananas with coconut cream and freeze it, making sort of an ice cream.
I know it's very worrisome when your child is small and doesn't like to eat. I still struggle with this issue with my 7 year old. But I try to tell myself that some people are small and some are larger, some people love food, and others don't care about it as much. Regardless of how much I worry, my child is still going to be who he is, and I can't force him to eat or change it. I completely understand where you're coming from. It's hard to be the mama of a reluctant eater! Best of luck!
My dd stopped eating solids completely and wouldn't even drink water when she had a stomach virus at around 20 months. She just started nursing around the clock like a newborn to get my milk supply back up. I don't remember when she started picking up solids again, but she wasn't big on solids at that age anyways. Not medical advice, but my opinion: I think as long as your baby is nursing well and isn't dehydrated, I wouldn't worry too much. Keep offering solids, but don't sweat it. Are you still night nursing? If not, consider starting again if you're really worried about weightloss. As for vitamin supplement, YOU are her vitamin supplement, especially once she starts eating more solids. Toddlers are notorious picky eaters.
Hope your babe is feeling perky again here soon!
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Unfortunately she's not eating anything now except a few bites of yogurt here and there.
I tried black beans, refried beans, lentils, cottage cheese, and noodles with butter which were all new. At least she put them in her mouth, but spit them out every time. I've gone back to her old favorites- yams, banana, almond butter on toast, apple slices, peas. She is not interested in anything at all.
Is it unusual for a babe to go off solids completely after an illness? She is down 3/4 of a pound from six weeks ago, and the ped recommended PediaSure (oh yuck) to help with her weight... I won't do that but I am starting to wonder what I can do!
How do I get her to eat?
i add sof/silken tofu to pureed fruit or veggies and dd doesn't notice. my favorite high calorie combo is yams, tofu, and baby oatmeal, with a little breastmilk to mix it up. the yams and bm mask the tofu and cereal. dd is allergic to eggs and dairy, and refuses all meat, so i have to be creative. also, you can mix avacado with banana to hide it. i sometimes do banana, avacado, cereal, and bm mixed together. for dd it is all about having a strong familiar flavor to mask the new flavor. adding bm to the food also really helps get her to eat it.
I completely sympathize, as DD is 14 months and still barely eats solids, though she finally has a few foods that she will eat in somewhat large quantities. Strangely enough, I can get her to eat almost anything if I put it in a soup. Our most recent victory has been with ravioli and pierogies - she won't eat them unless they came from a soup. I also second the shout-out for butter and olive oil. I do nice soft broccoli with olive oil, a bit of lemon, and parmesan cheese and DD loves it.
We just tried coconut with great success.
Is she eating "regular" food yet, or just the baby ingredients type stuff? By this I mean, does she eat what you eat? Or does she eat little diced up pieces of some things and you attempt to spoon feed her some purees? It could be that she's ready for more flavors and textures and finds food to be boring and bland. I would offer her some of what you are eating at every meal (assuming it's healthy), and just let her take her time figuring it out. As she sees that everyone eats the same food she'll try it or not.. but at least it stops you from being a short order cook who spends the whole meal bouncing around desperately trying to figure out what she'll eat. There's nothing wrong with nursing a lot and slowly going back to food.