8 month old of her food completely. What do I do?

(10 Posts)
Cupcakemummy85 Thu 17-Oct-13 11:34:55

My dd is 8 months and she has been very ill after catching a bug from her sister. It's been nearly a week of trying to get her better and she has slowly reduced her solid intake. We were doing so so well too. She screams through breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner but most of the time she is hungry enough for dinner. I think she has another lot of teeth coming through.
What do I do? Is it the spoon she is refusing? She seems to b ok if I hand her something to chew on. Should I give her finger foods breakfast and lunch and try that approach?
She is having breast milk still but I worry she isn't taking enough.
We were progressing so well and now it's like she cannot bare the taste or texture of food. Even something really scrummy like fruit purée.
I feel my stomach is in knots with worry about it. I've even tried ready prepared baby food to see if perhaps it was my cooking.

CMOTDibbler Thu 17-Oct-13 11:47:41

You sound really worried, but if she is having milk on demand, then she won't come to any harm by not having any solids while she teethes.

If she prefers finger foods, then thats great - you can share your food with her if she eats it thats fab. If not, she'll eat when she wants to.

mrsmartin1984 Thu 17-Oct-13 12:50:58

Some babies go off food, especially when they are ill. As long as she is still feeding on demand it will be ok. Breast feeding is also comfort when they are ill and calms babies down. Just keep offering her food. It should turn around eventually

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Oct-13 12:56:53

If she's refusing purées but accepting finger foods, then possibly she just doesn't want to be spoon fed any more. You could try loading the spoon then giving it to her to feed herself, or just switch to finger foods only.

If you think it's teething and the spoon hurting her mouth, try baby bonjela just before a meal to see if that helps.

But ditching the spoon is fine.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 17-Oct-13 15:06:04

As noble suggests, try using a teething gel like bonjela or dentinox before a feed or offering solids.

There's no need to worry too much, just make sure you offer her solids about an hour after a bf, if you can.

How is she in herself?

Cupcakemummy85 Thu 17-Oct-13 20:42:13

She's ok in herself, a little wingey and tired perhaps. Tonight she refused her purée so I thought right lets try the blw route and chopped up strawberries and pasta (that's all I had lol) and she loved being in her high chair. So maybe she would rather eat like that? I'm going to try it tomorrow and see how much success we get. I've never done blw so not really sure what I'm doing exactly.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 17-Oct-13 20:46:28

DS2 didn't start to wean until 8 months as he loved his milk. If she's drinking lots really don't worry. And yes give her finger foods but don't worry if she eats very little. Children are like this with food IME it's fits and starts. DS1 has only just at nearly 8 started eating with any proper regularity!

Cupcakemummy85 Thu 17-Oct-13 20:46:48

She's also gagging on purées now but not food that she can feed herself.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 17-Oct-13 20:48:09

DS2 wouldn't let me feed him at all with a spoon unlike DS1 who was spoon fed until the age of 4!

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Oct-13 21:03:04

BLW is basically giving them normal food, but in a way that they can manage easily, and being careful about salt. So an omelette can be cut into strips and picked up, toast cut into triangles. I grate apples, pears can just be sliced into sticks, leaving the skin on so it's easier to hold.

So my 8 month old might have a handful of shreddies soaked in full fat milk but pickupable for breakfast, Philadelphia on an oatcake, a bit of banana and some cut grapes for lunch, some strips of chicken, rice and a bit of broccoli for dinner (we were having curry). If we were having something she could eat, like spag bol (no salt added in cooking, baby stock cube), then she'd have the same as us, although I'd give her fusilli instead of spaghetti. Hard core blwers would give the spaghetti!

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