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Okay so in my other post about strange behaviors as relating to my going back to school full-time I had said that Madyson wasn't eating. So far today she's eaten:<br><br>
breakfast: about 10-15 frozen bluberries and a pancake the size of the bottom of a small sippy cup. I cut it really small into 8 bites.<br><br>
snack: tsp of peanut butter<br><br>
lunch: literally ONE bite of spinach with ranch dressing and half a hardboiled egg white<br><br><br>
It's naptime now and I will again offer snack when she wakes up. This is a GOOD eating day for her. I am at my wit's end. It's been 3 weeks and she has been refusing both lunch and dinner and the only snacks I offer is fruit or a tsp of peanut butter or a hardboiled egg(gotta get that protein in somehow!). So I know she is not getting empty calories in juices and sugary snacks. She only gets fruit juice watered down to less than half strength and she barely drinks a 6oz sippy of that during the day. Most mornings she will eat her 4-6oz of soy yogurt, not touch lunch more than a single bite or two and then have a piece of fruit for snack and refuse dinner and have a 6oz sippy of soy milk before bed. That's it. I've left out ice cube trays of foods like avocado, soy cheese(she's dairy allergic), fruit, whole wheat crackers and bread, etc. She won't touch them. I've played games with counting small cubes of different yummy foods and letting her eat as we go along, no dice. I've tried to entice her with new foods and new spices, etc. I've tried letting her make her own lunches, nothing. I don't know what to do anymore. It's been 3 weeks since she's eaten a decent meal. I've kept a running inventory of what she eats durign the day so that I get an accurate picture and she's honestly not eating enough I think. I haven't weighed her but she seems to be losing weight. I'm really worried about her. Any ideas that I haven't tried?????<br>
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Welcome to my world.<br><br>
On top of picky eating, mine has multiple food allergies. The last several days he's eaten total: a handful of pretzels, half an apple and 1/2 cup plain white rice.<br><br>
I went grocery shopping last night and literally cried in the store because I was just walking up and down the aisles thinking, can my ds eat that (allergies)? Will he eat it?<br><br>
It's so frustrating, really, I just don't know what to do.<br><br>
I made his favorited dish the other day and he wouldn't eat it. He kept saying, "I don't want to, it's yucky"<br><br>
I'm sorry I wasn't much help. I really am going crazy over this.
 

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I say--relax!!! DS has always been a VERY picky eater. I just had to let go of my frustration! I know its hard for us, because of the way many of us were made to "finish our plates" of food as children, but children can be trusted to know if they are hungry or not. I know with DS I just have plenty of options--and like dr. sears says in "the baby book"--its our job to provide healthy appealing food--its up to the child what and when they eat.
 

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They go through phases of eating more and less. My dd is a great eater as far as variety goes, but she eats like a mouse. Sometimes we have days when she eats the house down but if you look at the whole week they usually get enough to support healthy growth. Her body may not be signaling hunger as much right now. Children have an amazing ability to self regulate hunger if you let them. I think it's sad when parents teach their children to override their own signals and eat what is served. It teaches children to eat when they aren't hungry. No wonder we live in a country of obesity.
 

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Lisa, I totally agree that teaching children to "clean their plates" is wrong. That is, in fact, why I do not push the issue. she says, "mummy I done." I say "okay Madyson, please go put it in the fridge." I don't pressure her to eat and I guess I just wanted some reassurance that I didnt' need to. I'm still worried about her eating but I try not to let her see. I don't want her to grow up having eating problems. BUT I see the amount she eats and the foods she can't have due to allergies and constipation issues and such and I feel so limited. She barely eats!<br>
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As for the protein, i've recently found my 14 mo old likes chicken... ONLY when it's mashed... (We have a food chopper) and I chop the dickens out of it. then she will eat it. (she likes weird things though.. enchaladas, salmon, buffalo wings<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> yeah that was a lesson she didn't learn.. grabbed it off my plate and polished that sucker off... and another new favorite corn on the cob)<br>
does she like to drink more than eat? (could you make a "milk shake" for her to drink? milk fruit /yogurt/ ice)<br>
sorry not trying to hijack your thread<br><br>
But overall i'm at the dont stress it stage...
 
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