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My DD is almost 9 mths old, and she really eats hardly any solids. She's a super chunk, has been nursing a lot at night again all of a sudden (well, for the past month), but her interest in solids is actually waning, I think. She used to reach and grab for food, but now, when we actually don't mind if she has some, she really has no interest.<br><br>
DD has been very good with motor skills (and actually chokes on pureed foods), so we have always just layed out some finger foods and let her go to town. I thought she'd be choosing to eat more than a tablespoon of soilds a day. Should we be more proactive and actually *try* to get her to eat????<br><br>
***All of my friends always have pumped soilds in from the first oppurtunity, so that they could quit BFing, so I really have no idea how fast solids introduction is supposed to go if say, you have no intention of fully weaning until toddlerhood sometime. So I think my problem is that I have no frame of reference to go by here, but at the same time I know there are no hard and fast rules. Sorry for such a silly question!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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A lot of babies aren't interested in solids for the first YEAR.<br><br>
Solids before a year old are basically just for learning and experimenting. They shouldn't be the baby's food just yet. Just (for lack of a better word) a supplemental learning system.<br><br>
Don't worry, she will eventually eat. You don't see any 20 year olds exclusively breastfeeding, do you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Don't worry, she will eventually eat. You don't see any 20 year olds exclusively breastfeeding, do you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: That's what I keep telling people!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I'm glad to read your post, b/c that's how I've always thought/felt about the whole solids issue.... Then I see some of my friends shoveling 8 oz of pureed food into their 11mth old, 3 times a day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I guess it never dawned on me that interest in food wouldn't only increase but that sometimes maybe she just doesn't want solids KWIM?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: That's what I keep telling people!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I'm glad to read your post, b/c that's how I've always thought/felt about the whole solids issue.... Then I see some of my friends shoveling 8 oz of pureed food into their 11mth old, 3 times a day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I guess it never dawned on me that interest in food wouldn't only increase but that sometimes maybe she just doesn't want solids KWIM?</div>
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Well, I hate to say it, but the whole "3 meals a day" concept is actually pretty unhealthy. Children can certainly be "forced to conform" to unnatural eating patterns.<br><br>
But that isn't very likely to give them a very healthy relationship with food, is it? After all, what else in our life effects us nearly so much as food and breathing? I think it's important for a child to have a healthy relationship with it, and part of that is understanding HER unique body and its needs.<br><br>
I wouldn't stress if I were you. If baby's not interested, baby's not interested. Her body is telling her, "No thanks, not yet." That's okay. Don't force it just because people think that "3 squares per day" is all that.
 

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Your friends are wrong. My dd didn't eat anything but tiny tastes of solids until 11 months. Then she was 13 months before she'd eat more than a tablespoon or two of food total a day.<br><br>
Breastmilk is the nutrition for the whole first year. And it's a BIG part of the nutrition for the whole second year.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I agree, and I definitely don't want to be giving her THAT much solids, and I also agree that 3 meals a day isn't very healthy as well, especially if it's a predetermined time/amount per day. Thus far we haven't ever scheduled anything in our DD's life (naps, nursing, bedtime, etc), and we'd have no idea where to start on "scheduling" her meals!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
So have your DCs just gone on solids strikes? I've heard of nursing strikes, but never solids strikes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Over the course of weaning (and by weaning I mean from the very first piece of solid food, all the way to complete weaning), do LO's fluctuate a lot in their need/want for solids? I know they'd nurse more often at times like when they're sick, or just need some comfort due to some stress on them (devleopmental, or whatever), but then does their solids intake go down too???
 

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Yep. DD eats like a linebacker some days, then doesn't eat more than a cracker for the next three days. And she's 2.5.<br><br>
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We do exactly the same as you - put out small bits of finger food on a table at least a couple of times a day for our ds who is 10 months.<br><br>
Some days, he will eat hardly anything - half a cracker all day.<br><br>
Other days, he will eat half a banana over the span of a few minutes, and will eat more during the rest of the day too.<br><br>
He manages the food well in his mouth, so I know he has the eating skills. And he's getting all the nutrition he needs in breast milk, so I figure, what's there to worry about?<br><br>
Maybe just keep making the food available, and have her sit on your lap while you're eating and see if she makes a grab for your food!<br><br>
Brooke
 
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