Join Date: Jun 2005
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My 16-month-old has gone on a hunger strike, and it's stressing me. Ordinarily, I wouldn't freak so much about what he eats/doesn't eat, but he's no longer nursing, so I can't rely on breast milk to make up for what his diet is lacking. I'm 12 weeks pregnant, and my supply totally tanked, so he weaned last month. I know that is early, he should have gotten two full years of my milk, blahblahblah, but it is what it is.
Anyway, he's pretty much limited himself to only accepting cheese grits, pureed prunes, applesauce, and the occasional banana. Oh, and yogurt. I offer him a variety of things, and he might take one or two bites here and there. He's been moderately constipated, so I'm wondering if that has something to do with it....? I've been offering him more cow's milk than usual, just to get more calories and fat into him, but that can't be good for him, either. Especially because he's been anemic in the past, and it can't help his constipation, either, right? Ugh.
I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that this is normal, and my kid isn't going to starve to death. It's worrisome because he used to have such a big appetite! Just last week, he was happily chowing down on a huge bowl of beans/rice/cheese/spinach for dinner, and this week, the stuff makes him gag. I don't get it.
Is this something all toddlers go through? I'm worried he's going to start losing weight or something. I can't let the kid live on graham crackers and Ritz, even though he'd be happy to do so. That's gross.