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My dd is 11months and is not very interested in eating solid food. She plays and does taste tests of a lot of things but does not really eat much of anything.<br><br>
I saw a lactation constultant/dietician regarding this and she has told me to limit her breast feeding during the day so that she is hungry for food. I have been demand feeding her since birth and we are very happy with our round the clock breast feeding relationship to date.<br><br>
I am confused as to what to do, as I am concerned about iron deficiency, and do not want her to develop any eating issues, but I definitely would rather not have to put her on a breast feeding schedule or restrict her breast feeding in any way.<br><br>
Have any other mums found frequent breast feeding during the day resulted in deminished interest in eating solid food. If so what did they do?<br><br>
Any general suggestions for encouraging dd to eat (in a gentle respectful way)???<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><br><br>
thanks<br>
Marion and dd
 

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In my opinion your lactation consultant/dietician is dead wrong. Lots of babies drink nothing but breastmilk well after age 1 and do just fine. Is your daughter happy, healthy, and energetic on breastmilk, with plenty of normal wet and poopy diapers? Unless she's been diagnosed with anemia or something there's no reason to be concerned that she's not getting enough nutrition through your milk.<br><br>
There is no truth to the idea that babies "have" to learn to eat solid foods before they're one or they'll have food issues. Your daughter will learn to love solid foods when the time comes, but if she doesn't like them right now that should be respected!<br><br>
I would keep nursing her around the clock, as much as she wants, if that's what works for you. Offer solids, but don't force them.<br><br>
Have you looked at <a href="http://www.kellymom.com?" target="_blank">www.kellymom.com?</a> She has a ton of information on breastfeeding, with lots of references to back it up.<br><br>
Oh, is this lactation consultant board certified, i.e. she's an IBCLC? If not, she may not have the credentials she needs to advise you on breastfeeding.<br><br>
My son is 13 months and still gets most of his nutrition from breastfeeding; he's definitely getting more interested in solids, and is starting to grab them from my hand. I think your dd will let you know when she's ready! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Trust your mama instincts.
 

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I would not do it, personally. Breast milk is SO nutritious why take away her source of nutrition, and the antibodies that fight illness?What if you drop feedings too quickly and lose your milk supply, then she STILL won't eat? What then? And what if you suddenly reduce a lot of feedings and get blocked ducts or a painful breast infection (mastitis)?<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html#nutrition" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextende...html#nutrition</a><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html#window" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...en.html#window</a><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ay-solids.html</a><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/bf4.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/bf4.asp</a><br><a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/faqs/cerjuic.htm" target="_blank">http://www.drjaygordon.com/faqs/cerjuic.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/links/BF/solids.htm" target="_blank">http://www.drjaygordon.com/links/BF/solids.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/solids.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/solids.html</a><br><br><br>
You can also do a search for "iron" at Kellymom. You can test the child for low iron with a blood test at the doctor, and eat iron rich foods YOURSELF as a breastfeeding mother to improve the child's iron levels, I believe (check Kellymom site since I'm not sure.) I know children who had a delayed start to solids and NO iron problems.
 

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Just remember, too, that while breastmilk's iron content isn't as high as some other foods, it is much more easily absorbed by the body...
 

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OMG, where did you find this person <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><br><br>
Anyway, DD was probably getting 95-99+% of her calories from bmilk a day until she was well over a year. She just wasn't into solids. Her iron was always high, and continues to be so, even though she doesn't eat meat. Is there some reason you are worried (has DD had a low iron test, is she showing sinds of anemia, etc...)? If not, I would just try to take your time and not worry.<br><br>
As for increasing food intake. Outside of the obvious no-nos (nuts & nut butters, whole milk, berries, etc...) after 9-10 months we let both of our kids eat whatever they wanted. We have always encouraged self feeding and making their own food choices and it has worked out well. Crackers, whole grain breads & cereals, rice, bean, fruits & veggies, etc... all can be eated by an 11 months old. If it is appealing to you, probably will be for DC too.<br><br>
Good luck<br>
Kay<br><br>
Edited to add:<br><br>
When I originally saw the title, I was like "wonder how old the baby is?" 11 months doesn't seem old to me, at all. It seems like every study comes up with a later and later age for when you should introduce solids and more and more people are waiting a whole 9months-1 year before introducing any foods. DS has had his second birthday and there are still days where he eats only a handful (and one of his tiny hands at that) of "food" and the rest is mommy milk. Of course, I've also seen him eat 6 ouces of steak, lol!
 

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Thanks for the advice all.<br><br>
Tiredx2 could I ask how you monitored your babe's iron levels.<br><br>
And no! There is no medically indicated reason for concern. I think that healthcare profession generally formulates certain standards and norms for babies and that's all most of them go by. I have been hassled non-stop to start introducing solids by maternal and child health nurse, doctors, friends, other mothers, because I waited until 9 months. I also think it's sometimes a bit hard to find independent advice over hear in Australia. I have found almost always when I go to see a nurse or a doctor or even an independent midwife/lactation consultant who does home births and is pro-attachment parenting, I feel undermind, like they think my opinion doesn't count and they don't have respect for how I am trying to parent.<br><br>
The independent midwife I saw basically said that I have an emotional attachment to breast feeding and that maybe I am resistant to dd starting solids and dd is picking up on this and this may be why she is not interested in food!! I was so surprised at this because I thought she was much more open minded and would be supportive of unrestricted breast feeding. I left in tears....<br><br>
I am trying to stay with my instincts first, and use healthcare practitioners as a secondary source of information. And my instincts definitely say dd is healthy and loooooves beast milk and just nursing all the time, and so do I!<br><br>
thanks, mamma are always the best source of advice!
 

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Thanks for the advice all.<br><br>
Tiredx2 could I ask how you monitored your babe's iron levels.<br><br>
And no! There is no medically indicated reason for concern. I think that healthcare profession generally formulates certain standards and norms for babies and that's all most of them go by. I have been hassled non-stop to start introducing solids by maternal and child health nurse, doctors, friends, other mothers, because I waited until 9 months. I also think it's sometimes a bit hard to find independent advice over hear in Australia. I have found almost always when I go to see a nurse or a doctor or even an independent midwife/lactation consultant who does home births and is pro-attachment parenting, I feel undermind, like they think my opinion doesn't count and they don't have respect for how I am trying to parent.<br><br>
The independent midwife I saw basically said that I have an emotional attachment to breast feeding and that maybe I am resistant to dd starting solids and dd is picking up on this and this may be why she is not interested in food!! I was so surprised at this because I thought she was much more open minded and would be supportive of unrestricted breast feeding. I left in tears....<br><br>
I am trying to stay with my instincts first, and use healthcare practitioners as a secondary source of information. And my instincts definitely say dd is healthy and loooooves beast milk and just nursing all the time, and so do I!<br><br>
thanks, mammas are always the best source of advice!
 

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<i>Originally posted by Marion</i><br><b><br>
The independent midwife I saw basically said that I have an emotional attachment to breast feeding and that maybe I am resistant to dd starting solids and dd is picking up on this and this may be why she is not interested in food!!</b><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><br><br><br><br>
Trust yourself, Marion, you sound like a great mama. And you might consider losing this so-called health professional. It sounds like SHE's the one with "emotional issues" regarding nursing.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed"><br><br>
It seems to me that the only surefire way to give your kid food issues is to make them eat what they don't want while withholding what you both know they DO want.
 

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Just another thing to consider too - what if the reason your dd is not very interested in solids is that she has food allergies? It may cause more problems if you restrict her nursing and she either doesn't eat anyways (loss of nutrition) or she eats foods because she needs something and has an allergic reation or something?<br><br>
Not that your dd surely has food allergies, but you never know!<br><br>
IME baby knows what's best if healthy options are available.<br><br>
I can't believe that a LC would suggest that you are the cause for the non-interest in solids! With my DS once he wanted them there was no stopping him! And he upped his nursing while he was stuffing food into his mouth too. 11 mo is still a little young to be too concerned. Just keep offering and when she's ready she'll eat! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I didn't have time to read all the replies yet, but here's my .02<br><br>
My ds demand nursed until he was close to 2 (and still does whenever he can!). He also taste tested things, but did not really eat until he was 18 months old, and he is still a lighter eater than many of his peers. Nonetheless (and perhaps because of being allowed to guide his food intake) he's just where he should be at 2yrs 8 mo. We did have to supplement iron at 15 months, but he was born 6 weeks early and I somehow suspect that may have contributed to depleating his iron stores.<br>
A friend of mine has severe allergies and for this reason did not even introduce solids to her son until he was over a year. He is now 4yrs 8 mo and is perfectly healthy and on track. He's never been anemic.<br>
Sounds like you got some awful advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">
 
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