I was just wondering if some moms out there could share their experiences with starting solids. My DD is 13 months old and has a severe dairy allergy. It took us awhile to figure out that it was dairy. And due to her reactions to something passing through my breast milk I delayed introducing solids until she was about 10 months old. And she has never really taken to them. She eats a few things, but more often than not refuses to even try things or eats very very little compared to other babies her age. I've tried avocados for the extra fat. but she isnt interested. Ive tried introducing other milks: hemp, almond, oat...but no luck. I can count on her to like: sweet potatoes, cauliflower, cheerie Os, rice & waffles with sun butter (only eats a tiny bit though).
Her ped is concerned that she hasn't grown much since the 12 month mark. And has told me to withhold nursing during the day, give her a prescription appetite stimulant, and hope that she will start eating more solids. That advice just doesn't sit right with me, so I havent done it yet. I nurse on demand which can be every 2-3 hours round the clock. he feels my BM isn't adequate nutrition after 12 months and says the proof is in the numbers.
Anyway, my heart says she is fine and she will eat when she wants to eat. Plus there could be other food allergies we ha vent uncovered yet. But the slow growth has me concerned. She is very petite compared to other babies her age. 15.75lbs & 29.5" But doesn't look malnourished. She has met all milestones and seems happy. But my confidence is shot thanks to the ped.
I am also concerned that I missed some kind of "window of opportunity" in regards to introducing solids. Did I delay too long? And my other question is should I spoon feeding or letting her self feed?
If any of you can relate, please share your story and advice with me.