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I`m told he needs more than my milk but he just doesn`t want anything else

I have a 6 and a half month old boy and I`m trying to get him to eat proper food but he just doesn`t seem to like anything i try i have 2 other children 4 and 2 and didn`t have any problems with them I`ve tried baby food, prepared food (potato,pumpkin,vegies) Bananas, pears. i give him variety but he just doesn`t seem to like anything he just gags and chokes so i give up and give him what he wants breast milk. Should I keep trying? I`m told he needs more than my milk but he just doesn`t want anything else. Or is the cheeky devil just playing me?

Leann...
Answer: Hi There, It is reasonably common that some bubs while being interested in what you put to your mouth (remembering that ‘the mouth’ to a baby is their whole world, if it goes in your mouth it must be interesting…) are still not sold on solids. Keep on as you are, offering food but letting it go if it is rejected. Don’t forget to trial each new food for 3 or so days. Yes, babies do need additional nutrients around this time, such as iron and zinc, but you still have some time up your sleeve. Sometimes bubs skip the whole mushy food stage (who can blame them) and go to finger foods, that’s where a feeding mesh can be really helpful. So you may like to see how baby goes with a lovely piece of avo in a feeding mesh. Your bub may, in a few weeks, be okay with some finger foods (say some slithers of banana or avo)? Once these bubs get going they can really make up for lost time so batten down the hatches and watch your food bill. Also, if baby is teething this can affect solids, some bubs find that sucking abates the discomfort of a tooth coming through, so keep offering small amounts each day so you don’t miss any opportunity to start things off. If you find that things just don’t improve you might pop back to your CHN or PG or another option is a speech pathologist, they are great with all things oral, and can often pick up little issue with oral development that affect feeding. The other people to consider is Tresillian, they also assist with feeding issues (if you are in NZ plunket may do also). See also the links below to feeding clinics if you feel things are really not going as they should. Aussie: www.nofussfeeding.com.au NZ: www.paediatricfeedingdisordersclinic.co.nz/index.htm I hope that helps. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 08 Jul 2009