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We're not set on giving dd solids yet, she's just over six months. The only thing we've tried to feed her, a little mashed banana, she pushes out quite forcefully. (She seems to like the taste, even reaches for more, but def not any going down.) So we'll wait, no problem. Just curious when your babe actually would swallow something.

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A little after 6 months for Cecilia. But she's still at nearly 8 months a very casual solids eater.

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This may sound like a really dumb question, but how can you tell if the tongue thrust reflex is still operating?

DS is just over 6 months (born a few days after your DD!) and his new highchair should arrive tomorrow. As he'll be sitting with us at the table, I'd like to start offering him food but I'm not sure if it's too early because I can't tell if he still has tongue thrust. confused.gif


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My DD still had it 4 weeks ago when a friend's toddler put croissant in her mouth, but it is gone now, and she is tentatively sticking toast, avocado, etc. in there, and i can tell by her nappies that she's swallowing some of it.  She'll be 6months on Saturday.

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This may sound like a really dumb question, but how can you tell if the tongue thrust reflex is still operating?

DS is just over 6 months (born a few days after your DD!) and his new highchair should arrive tomorrow. As he'll be sitting with us at the table, I'd like to start offering him food but I'm not sure if it's too early because I can't tell if he still has tongue thrust. confused.gif


Pretty much the only way I know of to test it is to try some food. When I tested Cecilia's back around 6 months, I put a dab of mashed potato (no butter or milk, just potato) on my fingertip and held it near her mouth. She grabbed my finger, pulled it into her mouth and sucked off the potato. When nothing came back out, I knew her tongue thrust was gone, and we did avocado as first food the next weekend.

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My babe is 4.5 mos. and only pushes things out if she bites off too big of a piece. 

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Aimee, did that avocado go over well then, as in she liked it and got some down?

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Yep! She is a very casual eater so not much ever goes down, but there was enough that I could tell a difference in the consistency of her next BM. Avocado can be really hard to pick up off of highchair trays/tables, so when I give her avocado I generally put it in her mesh feeder. Everything else she gets in chunks. Her favorites now are fish of any sort, butternut squash, avocado and sweet potatoes.

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My guy had his until about 7 months, so you are in good company smile.gif

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my little guy is almost 10 months old and still will not eat table food and will try to get it out of his mouth if he accidentally gets some in there while playing with the food.


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DD still had it pretty strong at 6-7 months when we started a small amount of solids and was never a big eater. But my new little guy is only 4 months with no tongue thrust. He's only rejected food that way if it's a big bite or when he's full. I know it's not a popular choice to start solids so young around here, but there is no doubt in my mind that he is totally ready and the kid eats way more then I remember DD EVER eating until she weaned from the breast at almost 3 years. So I think it's a really big range that this happens. I think some kids are ready young and some aren't ready until much older. It's all a variation of normal.


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Have you tried rolling the avocado in wheat germ, Cecelia's Mama? I've heard that's a way to make it easier for baby to grab it.


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We aren't doing grains of any sort at this stage. smile.gif

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Jeeze Loueeze We had our 6 month check up today. I love my ped to a point- she is great energy, goes the extra mile for us, seems to love our babe and doesn't even remotely hassle us about our very minimal vaxxing. But ugh!

 

At our 4 month she mentioned we should start rice cereal. We knew we weren't probably ever feeding that, so we just smiled and nodded. Now at 6 mos we're still not feeding and she's turned into... I don't know... somebody really distressing. I told her Georgia still has a tongue thrust and won't take in anything. She said it's not normal. Wha??? Says we have to get her eating 3 meals a day soon because breastmilk doesn't have enough nutrients. And then she referred us to an OT for oral motor skills... she knows we have seen LCs and OTs about Georgia's latch, which has been bad and painful since day one. Are these things related? People shouldn't have to hear shit like this from a doctor they trust. No wonder women don't breast feed. No wonder they don't have good information. I would really dump her in a second but we need a ped... at this point we need her as our liason between us and the geneticists in another town. We have had to travel so much for Georgia's care for her club feet and other things and until we figure out if we have another problem (cystic fibrosis) we need her. Oh man now I am rambling.

 

Okay does anybody know if bad latch and late tongue thrust add up to anything?

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The only thing I can think is, does she have a tongue tie?  Maybe one of the less common types?  I only know what I've read about it here on MDC, but you should be able to ask about it in the BF'ing forum to get more info.

 

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Nobody has ever checked her for tongue tie as far as I remember- if they did it at the hospital when she was born it all got lost in the shuffle of a quick c/sec. Maybe I should just go get an evaluation. I am sooooo sick of doctors at this point. Maybe a new OT could help with her latch? I wonder if it's too late for that.

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I'm SO glad to hear that you're not taking her advice to heart. Breastmilk doesn't have enough nutrients?? What a load of bull-you-know-what. Breastmilk has MORE calories and MORE fat than any table food you could get your baby to eat! Your baby could actually thrive on just breastmilk for the first TWO YEARS of her life if necessary. Good for you for sticking to your guns. A slow introduction of solids is just fine.

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Oh and I don't think she has a late tongue thrust at all! I have known several babies who had a tongue thrust well past 7-8 months, and didn't start getting into solids until a year!

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My son takes solids enthusiastically from a spoon, no tongue thrust. We started at four months old.

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My DD1 tongue-thrusted until about 7 or 8 months. FWIW, she was later diagnosed with some minor oral motor control problems, and we did a few months of OT to help with the problem. When she did eventually start eating table food, she had a lot of problem with texture and learning to chew. She also had a crappy latch as an infant, to the point that I gave up and pumped for her. I had no idea what else to do, and nobody else seemed able to help-- that's before I wound up here on MDC. She also had some speech delays, and I've often thought the whole thing was related.

Anyway, she's six now and just fine. Her speech is normal for her age. She still struggles with pickiness at meals-- she dislikes food with too much texture, or food that requires a lot of chewing. But she CAN eat anything, if she wants to. The few months of OT we had clued me in to what I could do to help her, and we managed to overcome the problem just fine. I wish I'd known about the OT earlier, so we might have been able to continue breastfeeding.

Here's my take-- your ped sounds hostile. If you didn't need her for other reasons, I'd say fire her, and find somebody who's going to be more professional about airing her concerns. But if you need her, then you just roll with it. Chances are, your LO is just fine, and will learn to eat when she's ready. It's nonsense to say breastmilk hasn't got enough nutrition. It's way more nutritionally dense than most of the foods we commonly offer babies. In your position, though, with a child who's already struggled with poor latch, why not get the eval? The worst that can happen is they say the child's fine, right? Or they'll see a delay, and be able to help with it? Either way you have the reassurance of knowing somebody else is involved, so your ped can't continue to be all hostile about it.


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Sometimes even the ones who think they are being supportive of breastfeeding, aren't.  My DS's family doc was the same at 4 months with the 'have you started rice cereal?' questions.  My answer continues to be "we are exclusively breastfeeding until at least 6 months, following all the current guidelines."  I say it EVERY SINGLE TIME he mentions feeding.  At our 9 month check I will say "we are breastfeeding until at least 2 years, and are now introducing nutritious complementary foods, following all the current guidelines."  And he thinks breastfeeding 'is great'!

 

I will be like water on a stone.  Relentless!

 

So please do not feel that you are alone in this.  We are all fighting the same battle to some degree.  Breastfeeding Mamas Unite!

 

For what it's worth, my 7 month old nurses whenever he asks and even sometimes when he forgets to ask, and eats solids once a day.  'Eats' is generous - I really should say 'is offered'.

 

With any latch issues I think getting a good check for tongue-tie is worthwhile.

 

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Thanks for the replies. DH and I spent some time today on Kellymom and I downloaded Baby Led Weaning to my kindle... I feel fine about my decision to not spoon feed her and I'm sticking to it. We did decide to get an eval with the OT- if there is any chance she could fix the latch I'd be in 7th heaven and I would know for sure how long our breastfeeding relationship will last. I'd love to do CLW but can't picture it at the moment because of nipple pain. Def not worried about the thrust any more. She's not ready for food on other levels as well, so, we'll try again in a few weeks with blw.

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:)

 

FYI, there is a great thread on tongue-tie in the breastfeeding challenges resource sticky.  You may want to take a look to see if anything sounds familiar.  Posterior tongue-ties are difficult to diagnose if you do not have experience with them, so the OT may never have heard/seen one and not know what to look for.

 

Also, thumbsup.gif to you!  Breastfeeding in pain is HARD - I am in awe.  I hope you can get some resolution soon.

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Semi-hijacking here...

My DD had a posterior tie. It was cut, but we continued to have nursing issues. We went to OT for a couple of months as she had a very weak suck, high palate, and an oversensitive gag reflex, refusing to draw the nipple into her mouth enough to nurse correctly. We were released from therapy before things were really "fixed", and the SLP warned us that we may have issues when introducing solids later down the line. She said that it's typical for babies to gag the first time a new food is introduced, but gagging after that is a sign that maybe her old issues weren't resolved or are coming back.

So to answer the first part: yes, latch and tongue-tie and solids issues can all be related.

DD is almost 8 months old and solids are totally confusing me. We waited about 6 months and started rice cereal, which she hated. A month later we tried again,and she loved it: seemed to transfer and swallow well, etc., but then vomited/gagged it all up 3 hours later. This week we tried banana and she's constantly gagging on it, even when totally mashed.

I wouldn't worry about it except that she's had feeding issues in the past and has slowly been slipping off her curve (which was on the small side to begin with given her early feeding issues - she's about 14 lbs now). I do feel like we have finally hit our stride in the nursing department, so that helps, but I'm not sure where the line is between waiting on solids because she's "not ready" and ignoring issues that need to be addressed?

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