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Confused about weaning 6mo who isn't interested!

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GiggidyGiggidy Tue 25-Oct-11 16:20:07

My dd is almost 6 months old and I have been attempting to wean her with a mix of purees and also finger foods. But I'm confused whether to feed her solids before or after a milk feed? If I feed her purees after the milk, giving her a break of about an hour, she is still too full up and takes nothing at all. If I feed her solids before her milk, she gets cranky because she wants her milk but does take some of the food in her mouth, but then pushes most of it back out...!! So I'm not sure which is the best approach??

From what I've read it sounds like she has still has a tongue thrust reflex, and that I'm probably wasting my time trying to give her purees. But I've been told by the HV that babies have to be weaned at 6 months due to iron levels depleting!!

I've tried giving her finger foods such as carrot batons and broccoli, and although this does reach her mouth, it always ends up on the floor or hidden down the side of her chair, with her having eating very very little!!

Should I leave it until she seems more ready, or keep persisting in order to get her used to the tastes?

mejon Tue 25-Oct-11 17:00:49

I would leave it a few weeks to be honest - especially if she's pushing food out of her mouth. DD1 wasn't interested at 6 months and it took up until she was getting on for 8 months before she started taking food and even then we took it quite slowly - despite the GP's insistence that we were 'missing the window of opportunity'. She's 5 now and eats (and talks) just fine.

lilham Tue 25-Oct-11 17:19:46

I'd leave it for a week and try again as well. You can't force a baby to take solids. The pushing out of food might not be tongue thrust reflex. My DD pushed purees I spoonfed her out with her tongue. But at the same time she was swallowing finger foods. You've done the right thing by offering both.

RitaMorgan Tue 25-Oct-11 17:24:12

Keep offering the finger foods - is good for her to play with/explore them even if she eats very little. Some babies just don't get into eating significant amounts til around 9 months.

If you are worried you could always give her some vitamin drops.

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