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MIL keeps trying to give DS solids!

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abi2790 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:14:42

So today I found her feeding him Milky Bar! She keeps telling me to give him baby rice and rusks! He is 16 weeks old and I know he isn't ready for solids yet. Plus he is EBF. She bottle fed her children and filled them up with baby rice, etc and she thinks the same will work for my DS. I don't want to shout but it is really testing my patience now that she thinks she knows better for my son! Will the chocolate have done him any harm? It was only a tiny bit and he did seem to love it but now he won't eat but I think that's cos he's tired.

Aaarrrggghhh thanks for letting me rant!

UniqueAndAmazing Mon 25-Mar-13 15:17:02

You have to be strict with her.

Tell her to stop feeding your baby solids, especially sugar, or she won't get to see him.
if she calls your bluff, stop her from seeing him.

If you have to shout, then I say do it, but I bet most people will say don't shout.

Maybe print off the NHS guidelines and tell her to memorize them?

DinglebertWangledack Mon 25-Mar-13 15:17:50

Chocolate won't have harmed him but I am shocked that your MIL thinks that it is acceptable to do that. Tell her firmly and absolutely that this is your child and under no circumstances is she to feed your child. He is breastfed and that's the end of it until you decide to begin weaning. You are his mother, not her.

PhyllisDoris Mon 25-Mar-13 15:18:57

Relax! A tiny bit of chocolate won't do him any harm at all - though I wouldn't recomend it in large doses.

It's difficult to follow today's methods, and not upset the older generation, but bear in mind that she didn't manage to kill off her own offspring, so her methods can't be that bad. Baby rice at 4 months isn't such a bad thing.

How often do you and DS see her? Can you let her have her way and use your own methods when she's not around, for the sake of family peace?

mummymccar Mon 25-Mar-13 15:20:24

That one little bit shouldn't do any harm but tell her that the reason they recommend a minimum of 17 weeks before weaning is because his gut isn't developed yet. She could make him poorly (as in tummy bug poorly, not seriously ill). She probably just doesn't understand and thinks she is doing good. Don't worry.
My DM did this too - it drove me crazy!

DinglebertWangledack Mon 25-Mar-13 15:23:33

Can you let her have her way

Why the f* should she? it is her son and up to her how and when he is weaned.

abi2790 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:28:07

Thanks for the support guys smile I know it was different for the older generation. People have told me that people used to feed their babies solids from birth!

Phyllis it's not the harm that the food could do it's more the principle that he is MY son and we all raise our children differently. I know what is best for him and I don't think feeding him chocolate is very responsible!

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Mon 25-Mar-13 15:31:16

I think your MIL is being very disrespectful if she isnt following your wishes, but first you have to make it very clear, in words of one syllable if necessary, and if you have not done so already, what the position is. You can be pleasant, but firm.

MajaBiene Mon 25-Mar-13 15:31:43

Chances are it won't have done any harm, but she can't know that for sure. I wouldn't let her have unsupervised access if she can't respect your wishes and continues to do something that might harm your baby.

Bobebo Mon 25-Mar-13 15:37:38

There are several issues-

She's being territorial over her GC

She dismisses your role, thinking she knows better

Rather than discussing why and when to wean, she decides unilaterally that she'll go ahead in her own timescale .

The food choices she's opted for are not nutritious (analytical armadillo and others explain why not to give baby rice)

You and her son must give a united message that she's being inappropriate, or it'll just escalate.

midori1999 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:52:51

Phyllis, it's ridiculous to say its difficult to follow today's methods and not upset the older generation. The older generation are perfectly capable of understanding, like everyone else, that guidelines change and that each parent is responsible for how they want to raise their own child. There is no way I would risk harming my child by allowing anyone to 'have their way' when they are with them, especially on something like giving solids. What's the point of the OP waiting if her MIL is just going to give him solids when she has him?

OP, this is totally to do with the lack of respect your MIL has for you, you need to make it clear that going against your wishes won't be tolerated.

abi2790 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:54:45

I've tried the route of "doctors, etc advise that only breastmilk or formula are needed for the first six months." But she just dismisses that by saying they don't know what they're talking about! Plus when DS is overly tired he cries and won't eat then MIL tells me that it must be my milk and I should give him formula. I could sort of understand that comment if he hadn't put on about 10 lbs since birth!

noblegiraffe Mon 25-Mar-13 16:04:48

Get your DH to bollock her, it goes against the guidelines (absolutely no food before 17 weeks) and it's sodding chocoate she gave him, not baby rice or pureed apple. It's his mum and you should present a united front.

And don't leave your DS unsupervised with her in the future, she can't be trusted.

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 25-Mar-13 16:05:58

Your dh needs to step in and tell his dm to butt out.

In the meantime don't leave baby with her, so opportunities to sneak food into your baby don't present themselves.

I would also be inclined to cut down visits drastically too. And if asked say you cannot trust them with your baby's health.

chocoflump Mon 25-Mar-13 16:09:12

I weaned my son early- however that was my choice! It's your choice not to and she should respect that!
I think you have to be very firm with her, tell her she is not to give your child solids under any circumstances until you decide to!

UniqueAndAmazing Mon 25-Mar-13 16:27:59

so don't do Doctors.

say "I have told you that I do not want you to feed my child.
He is my child, not yours, now please stop, or I will have to stop you seeing him or being part of our family"

roundtable Mon 25-Mar-13 16:46:40

Has your dh not said anything? My inlaws are like this my dh says something. If it's my parents are being overly bossy, then I say something.

Even if mil thought that he was ready for solids she must be very ignorant to think that chocolate is an appropriate meal at that age. Don't even get me started on baby rice, but to be fair, that's marketing that's duped loads of people into thinking it's a nutritional option.

He's got the rest of his life to be stuffed full of chocolate by his grandparents! grin

Tubegirl Mon 25-Mar-13 16:47:52

I had this kind of crap from my MIL as well. You have to stamp on it quickly with DH on side or it just gets worse. I had MIL shove me out of the way once when I was changing DD because she was crying and she felt I wasn't doing it fast enough. Giving in leads to misery. Set the ground rules now and save yourself some pain.

HumphreyCobbler Mon 25-Mar-13 16:50:12

I would have been livid if this happened to my children. It is terribly arrogant to go against the clearly stated intentions of the parent, however right you THINK you are.

roundtable Mon 25-Mar-13 16:52:30

That rings a bell tube, but my push out of the way was at bath time. Whilst repeating over and over about how much she wished she was in there with him...

abi2790 Mon 25-Mar-13 16:53:11

It's already started upsetting me. It makes me feel like I must be a bad mum if she keeps undermining me on everything sad it started with the breastfeeding but that got sorted now its the solids and me not giving him a dummy. Apparently its nasty not to give a dummy but 1) I've tried to give him one and he doesn't like it and 2) wtf is nasty about it? DP thinks its best to ignore her but ignoring it clearly isn't helping cos now she's gone further and done something I told her not to. At first it was just suggestions which is why DP said to ignore it

Tubegirl Mon 25-Mar-13 17:03:46

You are not a bad mother. This is all about control and being the alpha mum, proving she is better to your dh even if she doesn't realise she's doing it. It says more about her than you. She no doubt would not have tolerated interference when she raised dh. I hope your dh will understand that this is serious because it's knocking your confidence and give you the support you need here.

CandyCrushed Mon 25-Mar-13 17:27:38

Is you MIL looking after your DS? If so, it is time to find an alternative childcare arrangement. It will cost more financially but will be worth it.
Otherwise you will never bet able to control what your MIL does when you are not there.

If she doesn't provide childcare then just don't leave her alone with the baby and cut down on how much you visit her.

Machli Mon 25-Mar-13 17:28:45

I remember coming in and finding my MIL stuffing Raspberry Ruffle into ds, the child could barely sit up ffs, he certainly couldn't push her hands away if he had had enough! Luckily ex H went postal so I didn't have to look like the uptight bad guy.

I certainly would NOT let her have her way, why should she? She's HAD her dc, why does she get to make these decisions for mine too?

TwitchyTail Mon 25-Mar-13 19:25:02

I am shocked - totally unacceptable.

Treat her like any other dangerous animal and don't leave them together unattended. Oh, and your husband needs to have some strong words with her.

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