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ayer79 09-12-2011 10:39 AM

Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
My son turned 6mo on the 5th of September and so I started introducing solids, but he won't open his mouth, blows spit bubbles when I put it in, and won't look in my direction. He started off eating them, but now refuses. He is EBF and has never even had a bottle. I thought he was ready because he kept trying to steal my food from my plate and he kept opening his mouth trying to take a bite. What should I do? Is he not ready, is this how EBF kids are? I've always worked with my others and so they had bottles and formula by this point. Staying home has changed things. What should I do?

Sonoran Bloom 09-12-2011 01:09 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
He's not ready to eat solids yet, though he sounds ready to 'play' with them and learn about how they feel in his hands. This is a good way to keep him busy during mealtimes (it also allows him to be included in family meals). Check out Baby Led Weaning as an introduction to solids. If you are intent on spoon-feeding, just back off for now and try offering again in a few weeks.

Saramachen 09-12-2011 01:15 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
J is the same - turned 6 months on sept 7 and ebf. we started a week before that doing BLW and she did manage to swallow some sweet potato and carrot. however we have reverted to TW because i don't eat anything appropriate to share with her, and she does the same, blows bubble etc. they will learn, i wouldn't give up. Part of BLW is that "before one food is fun" and im taking that approach with J. She gets finger's of stuff as well as it pureed and if she doesn't eat, she doesn't eat. Its a learning process and they don't associate solids with hunger, only milk. So just keep offering and LO will get it eventually. HTH

EmilytheStrange 09-12-2011 01:50 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
I agree with the previous posters.

I don't think it has anything to do with being breastfed at all. It's just a curiosity. Your child is indeed curious about what you're putting in your mouth, but they tasted and decided they didn't want to eat it yet.

I would probably give them stuff to play with during dinner time - be it finger painting with purees or finger foods - but don't stress. My kiddo didn't agree to eat solids until about 7 months. and I just kept making things available from time to time.

myclanof6 09-12-2011 02:37 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
My dd turns 11 months today :lostit: and just started eating solids about 2 weeks ago. She is ebf as well. I think they will eat when they want to eat. I have always put food on her tray, given her cheerios, puffs, and whatever we ate as long as it wasn't spicy. She threw it all off. One day she decided she was going to eat and that's all there was. She had a spoon aversion until about 4 days ago too. My dad gave her a bite of something on a spoon and now she eats most meals off of a spoon. She had leftover spaghetti and some bread for lunch today, all fed with a spoon (except the bread). I tried cut up strawberries and blackberries (frozen fruit mix) and she didn't like them, but I'll try again. I've learned with #4 that they will eat when they are ready and not one second sooner! Don't worry :)

ayer79 09-12-2011 07:34 PM

Do you let them experiment with pieces of food or purees? I've never done BLW and never heard of it until reading this board. What about choking? Is he too young for pieces? I make all his food and just need to know what to use.

Thanks for the input!

sarahwinks 09-12-2011 08:12 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
I gave my 5 month old teething kiddo a strip of steak and they gummed the tar out of it but never managed to get a big enough bit off to choke. BUT if you are worried you can have them in a baby carrier or in your lap so they are close enough to sweep their mouth out my smallest of the 3 has a very sensitive gag reflex but sweeping his mouth easily fixes it and he grabs it back so it doesn't deter him. carrots or broccoli let them chew or teethe on something and get the taste of food. Don't worry too much just let them grab your lunch if they want the worst I have ever had happen was they barfed it back up 5 minutes later or smeared it on their face sooo I would just let them do it..........
Sarah Butcher
mommy of Xander 3 1/2 Zoie 2 and BF mommy of Boaz 1/21/11

crunchymamaNY 09-12-2011 08:46 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
I agree with the others. Each baby is different. My son was ready at 4 months, but my daughter wasn't ready til 7 months, and my last boy didn't really want food til 8 months, and my other daughter around 6 months. If your LO isn't ready, u know it. And spitting it out shows that you may want to wait a few weeks/months til u try again. :) Whats the rush? Your baby is getting all the nutrients he needs right now with breast milk.

EmilytheStrange 09-12-2011 08:49 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ayer79 (Post 13740236)
Do you let them experiment with pieces of food or purees? I've never done BLW and never heard of it until reading this board. What about choking? Is he too young for pieces? I make all his food and just need to know what to use.

Thanks for the input!

purees are fun for finger painting and big food is better for not choking. They might push it back too far and learn about their gag reflex, but when it's bigger, they just gum/chew on it.

My kiddo used to go to town on a big piece of slightly steamed parsnip :)

course, if you're really worried, just get some of the commercial foods - they dissolve in the mouth super fast.

TexasMelanie 09-13-2011 03:20 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
I think they will eat when they want to eat.

My daughter is 8 months and only in the last week or two has eaten much. She likes rice cereal but still maybe eats a tablespoon at a time, usually less. She likes to eat breads and mostly wants to have control over what she's eating and how. So she gets some bread or mum mums to eat while we eat and otherwise isn't interested in much else. I figure it'll happen at some point on its own and am not too worried about it at this point.

Goodchild 09-27-2011 01:51 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
Nothing new to add... other than an extra supporter!! Just keep trying every once in a while and try not to make it stressful for anyone! 6 months is not a magic number... just a recommendation and if we followed ALL of the recommendations to the letter, we would all go crazy (and be quite confused because every group has a different opinion!) Have fun with your Babe and enjoy all the time you have together.

SamanthaLyn 09-27-2011 01:56 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
My son is over 9 months and just now starting to eat, but as above said, love love love baby led weaning!!

PurpleRina 09-27-2011 09:19 PM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
Totally agree with all of the votes for Baby Led Weaning. And also.... THROW AWAY the baby spoons! Ok, not really, but I truly believe in never spoon feeding a child. The only use for a "baby" spoon is for them to play with, practice with and eventually feed them selves with. Especially for any "family" meals, we always gave our DD either big chunks of what we were eating or if none of it was appropriate, fruit or veggies (RAW). Somedays she just played, most days it went in and out of her mouth. Occasionally it got eaten. And gradually the amount eaten got to be more and more. And then, by learning naturally (i.e. watching those around her), at about a year, she started to pick pieces up in one hand, hold her spoon in the other and shove them into her mouth together. I will never again think it is "normal" to spoon feed a child strange combinations of pureed food unless there were special circumstances effecting safe swallowing. I feel that Baby Led Weaning is the only natural way to allow a child to begin to understand what food is, how it looks, feels, tastes, responses, etc.

That said.... I had a close friend who nearly jumped out of her skin every time her children came within inches of non-pureed food before the age of 18 months. Seriously, her husband gave their 11 month old a SINGLE kernel of corn and she almost fainted. Even after reading all of the Baby Led materials, she said that she could understand it was safe, but couldn't internalize it. I fully supported her enjoying her children and her need to spoon feed purees in order to do it.

Honestly....their son is now just as good of an eater as my daughter. It was a more complex transition, but it allowed her to maintain her sanity. So.... Baby Led is great, but you have to do what is going to maintain peace, calm and harmony in your household.

ayer79 09-28-2011 08:31 AM

I tried again and he seemed to really like sweet potatoes, but that only lasted 2 days and now he's not wanting it again. I froze a banana then put it in one of those food netted teethers and he liked that for about a day and now won't take it. None of my others were ever this picky! The only thing he loves to eat is paper! I really wanted to get him to eat more bc he went to the dr last week and he's lost a lb and off his growth curve though he's still in the 68th percentile for weight. I just feel like he needs more calories. I'm even struggling with keeping him nursing bc he's so distractable. I even nurse in my bed laying down to prevent distraction, but everything makes him turn, even a strand of my hair ; )! He does co-sleep and so he nurses all night, but I need to het him on a better schedule so I can actually sleep at night.

Excuse the lengthy rant, I'm just pooped out. I love this guy and just want what's best for him, but feel like I'm losing my mind from lack of sleep! : )

MyChubs0831 09-28-2011 10:57 AM

Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems
 
When my daughter was 6mons she wasn't ready either, we waited until she was 7mons to introduce & even slowly then, now she's almost 13mons & eats pretty good but still probably not as much as some babies her age, some kids are just more interested than others.


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