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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 06:55 AM   1
takethree2010
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Am I worrying unnecessarily? LO is 6.5 month and hardly eating. Should I BLW?


Hi there,

I have just read some other posters on weaning but I can feel myself getting more and more stressed and frustrated by the day!! My daughter is about 6 and a half months old and from a few days before 6 months I have tried to wean her. She will not open her mouth for food. I have to get her to laugh so I can quickly get the spoon in there!! I have another daughter who is nearly 2 and I just can't remember what it was like weaning her. She's a really poor eater though - likes certain foods and refuses to eat anything new. I want my baby to be different to this and open to different tastes and smells.

I honestly feel like I'm force feeding her at the moment. I'm worried that she will never get the taste for food. I feed her food and then give her a bottle and it has crossed my mind that she probably knows this happens so refuses the food and waits for the bottle. But I don't want her to be hungry and I have tried not giving her milk straight afterwards but she just cries and becomes really distressed.

I love the idea of baby led weaning. The only thing I have been brave enough to give her is a big chunk of banana and she ate some of that. I don't mind the mess it makes, I just want her to eat!!!

I looked on BLW site and one of the first things on there is how to help your baby if they are choking. That frightens me so much and I am scared to give her. She did choke on a bit of banana but coughed it up straight away. There is a baby on the BLW site who is stuffing a pork chop down! Well, I'd just be so scared.

How much does your baby eat/ did they eat at 6 and a half months. She's already crawling and getting into everything so I thought she'd be hungrier but she just loves her milk too much.

I hope you can help me! Thank you sooooooooo much!!!



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 09:34 AM   2
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Food before 1 is just for fun. Their main nutrition should still come from breastmilk or formula. Maybe you should try offering her milk before feeding, so she's more relaxed and open to try. Trying to feed her while she’s hungry is probably very frustrating to her when she prefers her milk. Meal time should be fun not stressful. Don't worry she's got plenty of time to eat.



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 10:58 AM   3
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For your 2 year old I would try not to worry to much. Food aversions/refusing to try new things are very very very common in that age group and they *do* eventually grow out of it though it can take a few years. Just keep trying with the foods (It took Hannah TWO years to eat broccoli!). I always ask Hannah to try a bite of something (and she has plenty of options she does like on her plate) and if she doesn't like it that's fine.

With Rhys I have found that he absolutely hates purees. He doesn't like the texture (even applesauce ) at all! I wouldn't say I'm BLW because from what I understand of it you don't help your baby eat at all (give them pre-loaded spoons but have them guide it to their mouth etc.) and I do help him put chunks of food in his mouth but we are done with purees (he's 6.5 months to). He's had chicken, fish, cheese, steamed broccoli, cooked carrots, cheerioes, peaches, small pieces of apple, toast, scrambled eggs, homemade pancakes.............we haven't had one choking incident Yes he has gagged a few times (babies gag reflexes are toward the front so they gag more easily than we do) but never proper choked



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 14:47 PM   4
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Thanks for your replies girls. Today she's had a few spoonful of porridge and a bit of apple puree which she absolutely hated. Maybe I'll try giving her milk first and then food. But she hardly ever finishes her bottle and so i worry that she won't be hungry at all for food. But I'll certainly try it - Thanks.

It worried me a bit because i give aptimil formula and it says on the carton that by 7 months they should be having 3 x 7oz whereas at the moment she has 5 x 7oz feeds (although I'd say on average she consumes 4 or 5 oz of those five bottles). If i cut it down to 3 x 7oz bottles she'll be so crabby because she hardly eats.

My eldest who is nearly 2 refuses any kind of potato - including sweet potato - and any kind of white potato cooked in any way (mashed, boiled etc including chips!) she's always been like that. She will only have pasta as a proper form of carbohydrate. The only Veg she'll eat is carrots. She eats loads of different fruits but i have to limit this as it gives her loose nappies. She won't eat anything in a sauce. She has fresh salmon oven cooked and chopped up in a bowl. She also has chicken like this. But she won't eat two foods together. It has to be a bowl of chicken (on its own) followed by a bowl of carrots followed by a bowl of pasta (with no butter - just plain pasta!) She loves homemade pancakes with nothing on them and eggy bread. And recently she's started eating breadsticks and crackers. She'll have a yoghurt each day but she hates any cakes and biscuits. Oh and she loves cheese but only babybel! As a family we eat a varied Aset and we always offer her things. I'm hoping one day she'll stuff down a nice piece of broccoli. I was hoping the baby would eat loads of things but it's a very slow process at the moment.

I will try a few of the things you mention. If they just suck it and throw it on the floor and you know they haven't eaten anything is that ok? How much milk does your baby consume?

Thanks again for your replies. Really appreciate it x



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 19:36 PM   5
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only three bottles? That seems so little!

My son averages around 31 ounces a day give or take? I offer 4 X 7 ounce bottles and 1 X 5 ounce bottle.

He eats but he doesn't eat all that much food, his main source of nutrition is still from his milk

Hannah won't eat rice or quinoa. She may eat pasta and may not depending on her mood. She's not that fond of tomato based sauces. She will eat bread/toast of any and every kind Her favorite vegetables and the ones I consistently get her to eat are broccoli (after years of trying!), carrots and peas. I make her try others but she rarely eats more than a bite before giving me a look. She's hit or miss with yogurts but does love cheese. Oh and she'll only eat potatoes if they are mashed. She's so-so on chicken but loves steak and pork (usually). But saying that she IS slowly getting much better at trying new foods and actually giving them a chance. She also eats much better now that she's in school I don't know if it's because she stays so busy there that she's starving by days end (I send a ton with her lunch to ) or if it's seeing other kids eat that is having an impact on her. It does get better though! (My nephew would literally only eat canned beans for a very long time he's now a great eater )



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 19:39 PM   6
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oh and for Rhys his schedule is something like this if it helps

7 a.m. (or thereabouts) 7 ounce bottle (sometimes he takes 5 sometimes 7)

at 8:15ish when hubby and I eat I offer him an egg, pancake or toast. Sometimes he eats it, sometimes he plays

11/12 (depends really) 7 ounce bottle

12/12:30 he eats off my plate for lunch

3ish 7 ounce bottle

5:30 dinner--he generally gets what we're having tonight it was small pieces of broccoli, chicken and mashed potatoes with no salt

7 5-7 ounce bottle offered

10/10:30 dream feed 7 ounce bottle



 
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 16:18 PM   7
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oh and for Rhys his schedule is something like this if it helps

7 a.m. (or thereabouts) 7 ounce bottle (sometimes he takes 5 sometimes 7)

at 8:15ish when hubby and I eat I offer him an egg, pancake or toast. Sometimes he eats it, sometimes he plays

11/12 (depends really) 7 ounce bottle

12/12:30 he eats off my plate for lunch

3ish 7 ounce bottle

5:30 dinner--he generally gets what we're having tonight it was small pieces of broccoli, chicken and mashed potatoes with no salt

7 5-7 ounce bottle offered

10/10:30 dream feed 7 ounce bottle
Thank you for taking the time to reply with all your information. Very kind of you! Can I ask how old your son and daughter are? I'm glad it gets better. Today my 6. 5, actually nearly 7 month daughter has had about 4 spoons of porridge and 4 spoons of fruit puree! Plus her milk. I'm glad you think that 3 x 7 oz bottles is not a lot after 7 months and I'm glad your son drinks more than that! I deliberately waited until my little one was 6 months old before weaning her as I thought it would be easier but .... no! However, we had a bit of a break through with my nearly 2 year old (I nearly fainted!) when she asked for a sugar snap pea off my plate and ate the whole thing! Not only that but she asked for more - but two was more than enough!! I am hoping now that as she sees us eating all different foods that she will ask to try them. It's hard work this making kids eat malarky!!!

Thanks again and I'd love to know how old your two are, especially the baby.



 
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Old Nov 17th, 2012, 02:13 AM   8
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I highly recommend the BLW book and the BLW cookbook by Gill Rapley. They are very informative and really helped me to understand BLW including how it actually helps lessen the choking risk, plus the cookbook has lots of great recipes and suggestions

LO has been on solids for 3 weeks, BLW. We have given her toast, pancakes, waffles, crepes, french toast, muffins, apples, pears, banana, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, cucumber, bell peppers, potato, sweet potato, carrots, sausage, meatballs, meatloaf, chicken strips, pickles, cheese, yogourt, rice cakes, crackers, oatmeal and eggs. The only thing she doesn't really like is eggs, everything else gets jammed happily into her mouth
I just basically give her whatever we're eating for dinner, modified to fit her needs...like if we have shepherds pie, I leave the veg and ground meat in larger chunks (easier for her to pick up).



 
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oh and for Rhys his schedule is something like this if it helps

7 a.m. (or thereabouts) 7 ounce bottle (sometimes he takes 5 sometimes 7)

at 8:15ish when hubby and I eat I offer him an egg, pancake or toast. Sometimes he eats it, sometimes he plays

11/12 (depends really) 7 ounce bottle

12/12:30 he eats off my plate for lunch

3ish 7 ounce bottle

5:30 dinner--he generally gets what we're having tonight it was small pieces of broccoli, chicken and mashed potatoes with no salt

7 5-7 ounce bottle offered

10/10:30 dream feed 7 ounce bottle
Thank you for taking the time to reply with all your information. Very kind of you! Can I ask how old your son and daughter are? I'm glad it gets better. Today my 6. 5, actually nearly 7 month daughter has had about 4 spoons of porridge and 4 spoons of fruit puree! Plus her milk. I'm glad you think that 3 x 7 oz bottles is not a lot after 7 months and I'm glad your son drinks more than that! I deliberately waited until my little one was 6 months old before weaning her as I thought it would be easier but .... no! However, we had a bit of a break through with my nearly 2 year old (I nearly fainted!) when she asked for a sugar snap pea off my plate and ate the whole thing! Not only that but she asked for more - but two was more than enough!! I am hoping now that as she sees us eating all different foods that she will ask to try them. It's hard work this making kids eat malarky!!!

Thanks again and I'd love to know how old your two are, especially the baby.
My oldest is 4 (almost 4.5) years old and Rhys is 6.5 months old Your LO ate a lot more than mine today! He had a few bites of toast at breakfast, nothing for lunch as we ended up skipping (well I fed the older one but hubby and I didn't eat anything as we were stuffed from breakfast--LO had a bottle but no solids just in case there was doubt ) and his 3:30 bottle got pushed to almost 5 as we were out and about and he just wasn't very hungry for dinner

yay for a breakthrough



 
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Old Nov 17th, 2012, 22:21 PM   10
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I have a ten month old (tomorrow) daughter and she didn't really start taking to food until she turned nine months. We completely skipped the puréed food as she wanted nothing to do with it. I think you just need to go with the flow of the child and when they are ready for more solid foods, they will let you know!



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