DD was born at about 33-34 weeks. She is now 15 MO. She was EBF from birth- ~7.5 months, and did not really start eating a substantial amount of solids until around her first birthday.
She has been diagnosed with low muscle tone. We have are fighting to get Early Intervention to make house visits. They had deemed her "mildly delayed" in gross motor development, so she did not qualify the first go-round because she did not have a "severe enough" delay. We are taking a "wait-and-see" approach as far as a more definitive diagnosis. She is having trouble maintaining a steady growth pattern. She is underweight for her height. Dr. is fully supportive of veg diet and my plans to continue BF until at least age 2. She understands the prematurity, veg diet, lead exposure in utero/ infancy, and BF all contribute to a smaller baby, but she is concerned with her height/ weight ratio. Dr. believes her gross motor delay is affecting her ability to gain weight, and therefore recommended Pediasure.
Due to a family history of anaphylaxis, I am hesitant to give her nuts. We are veg, so I have some reservations about introducing meat. Fish is a definite no-no due to said family history.
She is having such issues with her gross motor skills that she cannot eat much other than stage 2 or 3 baby food, over cooked beans, eggs, cheese, pureed dates, and astronaut food. I have added in some beans and other squishy foods. She often gags on things like Cheerios and similar finger foods that most children her age can eat. She never got used to a bottle, as I quit pumping as soon as she learned to latch at ~3 months. She does not have much interest in a sippy cup as anything more than a teething toy or blowing bubbles and dribbling all the liquid out. We have experimented with, quite likely, every kind of sippy cup there is. We've got 6 different styles of sippy cups, and none works.
I've been attempting to give her some Pediasure anyway, even though I am a bit grossed out by how heavily processed it is. It has several ingredients in it that I would never put in my own body, so I'm sure you can understand how I feel about giving it to DD. You would think I was trying to feed her bleach with the way she refuses to drink it.
Anyone have any suggestions for either getting her to eat/ drink the Pediasure, or possibly some pointers for alternatives? I'd prefer to raise her veg, but would consider adding some locally raised meat if necessary.