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Okay Olivia is 10 months old now and still will not eat solids. Everyone is one my case about it. But I can't force feed her. She will not open her mouth for it at all. She gags if anything beyond puree goes in her mouth and she vomits. The puree she will swallow but only if I trick her into opening her mouth. She never, and I mean never willingly opens her mouth for it. It just seems ridiculous to spend 20 minutes trying to trick her into eating. I don't want her food associations to be bad (I had an eating disorder when I was younger). I really feel I should just lay off and leave her alone until she's ready BUT I am also scared that maybe something is wrong with her. I don't really want to get doctors involved unless necessary because we don't vax or do well baby visits. She has never been to the doctor. She is still growing fine and healthy and wonderful, nurses 10-20 times a day (closer to 20 lately!). What should I do?
 

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Kailey didn't eat solids until 11 months and that includes purees!<br><br>
Go by your mamastincts. If she is gaining weight, looks and acts healthy, just wait until she shows interest in foods <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
For us, we didn't even do purees or jarred food. Kailey ate what we ate, minus spices, and chopped up according to what she could handle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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my ds didn't eat solids until after 1 year and then only pureed (if I was lucky) till about 2 years. Although after 1 year he did enjoy pretzels.
 

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Similar story here. He's eleven months and has just started showing interest in solids.<br>
It's really no big deal. Kids know when their bodies are developed enough to handle solids and it is in their best interest to trust them on that. Breastmilk provides all nutrition a child needs in the first years of life.<br>
Search the KellyMom and LLL sites for more info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My daughter just turned a year and she hardly eats anything. The only time we really give her any food is at dinner so she feels included. She nibbles here and there but for the most part she plays with her food. We went to the doctor today and we asked him if he thought we should be feeding her three meals a day and he said no way, your breast milk is so much better for her so if she would rather that then let her have it. And he said just look at her she is the picture of health. I sure love our doctor he is the only person we have met that thinks we are doing everything right... So anyway my point is don't worry she will let you know when she is ready.<br>
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If she is happy and healthy I wouldn't worry about it and just nurse as often as she wants. My first dd didn't really eat much in the way of solids until 12 months. My second dd not until 22 months, and I mean basically nothing except breastmilk. I was worried, my doc (who is very pro extended bfing) was not. She was willing to do what I wanted (bloodtest, stool sample, etc), not til about 19 months though. She just encouraged us to keep on nursing. Other people would say to stop nursing to force her to eat solids (cruel and sick), but I think she wouldv'e died had I done this. She was small anyway and was sick a lot.<br><br>
There are good reasons a babe may not want to eat yet (allergy potential, for one) and I think your babe knows when she is ready. It sucks to have nosey people bugging you about it, but if your babe isn't interested or is gagging, that's pretty indicative that she doesn't want it yet. If you don't think your docs will be supportive DON'T take her in. If she's healthy and growing fine, you know it, and you don't need hassles from unsupportive docs. It sounds like she is thriving on your breastmilk.
 

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It sounds like she is just fine. Don't beat yourself up about it, as the others have said, she will take it when she's ready. I admire you for not wanting to force it - I believe food should be a fun, sociable experience, not negative.<br><br>
My thing at the moment with anything to do with my DD is 'she's not going to be doing it when she's 18'. This is a great all-rounder - bedsharing, using a dummy (pacifier), refusing solid food, crying when I put her on the floor etc etc.<br><br>
And another slant on it is that you get to enjoy a little longer of Olivia only wanting your boobie, which given how fast they grow up, is a really lovely thing.
 

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I can relate, too! My DD is coming up on 10 months and also has zero interest in actually eating solids. She's happy to play with food, but rarely swallows anything, and has the same gag-vomit reaction to all sorts of things that she does try to swallow.<br><br>
I posted in one of the breastfeeding forums about this a while back, because DD's doc scared me with some comments about eating solids being linked to speech development, and about how DD should be getting "the majority" of her nutrition from solids by 12 mos, with breastmilk only "supplementing". This set off my Mama alarms, and just didn't seem right at all, but that didn't stop me from worrying about it...Anyway, I thought you might like to read some of the responses I got to my post, along with some great links with good info. <a href="http://216.92.20.151/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=83711" target="_blank">http://216.92.20.151/discussions/sho...threadid=83711</a><br><br>
I'm back to trusting my intuition that DD will eat when she's ready, and that my milk is exactly what she needs until (and even after) she decides to start eating solids.<br><br>
Trust yourself & your babe to know what's working.
 

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Morgan had very little interest in SOLID solids. Puree's he'd eat...SOME of the time. At 13.5 months now...he still eats his puree the most, and his milkie...but occassionally eats cheese, yogurts, french fries...all sorts of fruits...and...pepperoni. English muffins...but not bread. I was worried for a long time...but ya know....if she's growing, dun worry about it. Morgan eats some days, other times he just wants his milkie, either way he is growing and gaining and as bright as anything. She'll eat when she's ready.
 

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hi there...no need to worry... introducing solids is just what it means... just a chance for the kids to explore the different taste and texture in food. If they are not interested...no need to push them. They are getting all their main nutritious from bm. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My dd also didnt show interest in solids (I started giving her some at 7mos)... a few days she showed interest after that no more. She would pinch her mouth shut, turn her face away...so just gave her the bowl and spoon to bang and play with when we had supper...she was happily contented with that. At 13 months she started to show solids (didnt even have a bday cake on her first bday...which is just as well as sweet dont go well for babies).<br><br>
Now at 3.5 years she is still the plump little girl she always was... eating all her veggies and fruits without delay. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (we are vegetarian). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Dont worry at all. (funny thing though...she wasnt eating solids and eveyrone was getting on my case for 'feeding her too much'. was so funny...she wasnt eating anything beside my bm. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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