18 mo hates eating, is underweight
First post here, hi mamas!
My LO is 18 months and screams and cries when we put her in the high chair. She turns her head and bats the spoon away. She holds the puree'ed food in her mouth and refuses to swallow it. Once in a blue moon she will eat without fussing, as much as a whole jar of Stage 2 baby food at a sitting, so we know she CAN manipulate food, swallow normally, &c.
She is about 15 pounds, so, ped is worried. Have referred us to OT but therapist simply says to keep offering, keep trying, & not get visibly upset. Not very helpful.
I EP'ed for 15 months then dried up so LO takes bottles of cow milk in between the solids meals. We do purees since she cannot handle textures and will not self feed any finger foods (OT recommended many, have tried them all). It's pretty well force feeding with the spoon at this point, while she screams and tries to get out of the high chair. Ped is not comfortable letting us back off & go back to something like formula only at this point.
Suggestions? How to reverse a bad association w/ solids? Have tried DVDs during feeding, different places to feed, feeding in lap, while crawling, you name it. Am open to any suggestions that do not involve stopping the spoon feeding because ped and OT both said don't do that because weight is in danger. Anything else we can do? I hate mealtimes now! They are so miserable!
ETA: LO has two OT teams and both say that we need to push through the defensiveness of her texture and oral aversions (had a feeding tube at birth) and that a critical window for solids acceptance is about to close for her. I understand that we need to push the spoon feeding because of this. My main question I think is: how can we make feeding fun for her? Or get back to a place of food acceptance?
Last edited by gentlebird; 07-12-2014 at 08:50 AM.