8 month old won't eat food - help!

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joyosojo Fri 13-May-16 23:27:12

Hi, I've been trying to get my ds to eat food for over 2 months now. He's just about happy to eat ready break with strawberries and bananas mashed in, but has a complete melt down whenever I try to give him proper food. He adores his milk and would ideally love to stick to just that but the health visitor's told me to try giving him more milk and snacks in the day as well as getting him to eat proper food and reduce his milk intake in the evening. My problem is that if I give him more milk in the day there's no chance at all of him eating "proper food" as he'll just hold out for the milk. I tried today giving him steamed broccoli and chicken and he screamed like as if I was trying to poison him! I can't let him live on porridge for the rest of his life, but equally I can't just starve the little thing. At my wits end and would really appreciate some ideas!! Thanks xxx

BellaBellaBelle Sun 15-May-16 11:00:01

My dd was exactly the same. She was completely uninterested in food until she was around 11 months old, and then it was like someone flicked a switch and she started to try everything I put in front of her.

My hv was actually much less worried than I was. She said all you can do is keep offering, so that's what I did!

My dd has never liked taking anything off a spoon so I just offered lots of finger food like well cooked vegetables, strips of chicken, toast, breadsticks, rice cakes. I would say that she only really started eating 'well' when she started walking and going to nursery at 13/14 months old.

I know it's easier said than done but try not to worry too much. He'll get the hang of it eventually and in his own time smile

SnuffleGruntSnorter Sun 15-May-16 11:02:02

Persevere with it but try not to worry too much. My son was very similar (he'd just play with the food) and at about ten months he suddenly started eating really well. I don't know any adults who only drink milk - he'll get there when he's ready.

joyosojo Tue 17-May-16 09:51:33

Thanks guys, feeling a bit more reassured ☺ problem is that dd ate everything I put in front of her with no fuss at all so it's all a bit new this screaming refusal to eat even though he's ravenous!! Thanks for reassurance. Xx

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