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Why doesn't my baby eat?

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lottie198 · 11/11/2022 20:38

Started weaning DS at 6 months old, he's now 10 and a half months (11 months in a week). He hardly eats. The past month it's been the worst he's been so far but he has been teething terrible (especially the past week). He's started to do this hand flapping thing in the high chair and make lots of noises until eventually he cries to get down. I never put pressure on and just say "okay finished now" and take him down. He sits with us as a family and we all eat together. I load the spoon or he will pick it up. But he doesn't eat much at all. I'm talking 2/3 small spoons or bites of something(on a good day). I offer a lot of different foods so I don't think it's that the food is boring.
I'm just worried he's going to become anaemic as I know they need a lot of iron as babies. He's breast fed and loves his milk. I tried cutting out the morning feed to see if he ate more breakfast but it made no difference.

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PlantDoctor · 11/11/2022 20:42

They say they get most of their nutrients from milk until age 1 if I remember correctly. I wouldn't be too worried about it yet. We gave DD a liquid vitamin and mineral supplement (wellbaby I think, although it doesn't taste great!), which might help to alleviate your concern about iron deficiency?

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lottie198 · 11/11/2022 21:19

Thanks I'll have a look but I mainly do BLW anyway, he won't let me spoon feed unless it's a yoghurt. But most stuff goes on the floor! He throws it

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lottie198 · 11/11/2022 21:20

PlantDoctor · 11/11/2022 20:42

They say they get most of their nutrients from milk until age 1 if I remember correctly. I wouldn't be too worried about it yet. We gave DD a liquid vitamin and mineral supplement (wellbaby I think, although it doesn't taste great!), which might help to alleviate your concern about iron deficiency?

Thank you. I'll order this and start giving it. He currently has vitamin d , would he need that as well still or does the multi vitamin include it?

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Cherryblossoms85 · 11/11/2022 21:23

At that age they pick up on any anxiety really fast so I would remove him from the high chair a bit sooner. Give him some food to play with and then take him down as soon as he suggests it. He'll eat eventually! Obvs I'm not a doctor so if you're worried speak to your HV.

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zeromanghoul · 11/11/2022 21:25

My DS was the exact same (he's also 10.5 months old) he would just fuss so much in his high chair from 6-9 months. The only thing that's helped him eat more recently is eating out at cafes etc, giving him bits of of food direct off our plates and letting him hold a spoon with food on while I feed him with the other. Also - high chair toys are a godsend! They do help keep him distracted for a short time, especially the fidget type spinners which I'll add a photo of below.

Sometimes if he's teething some Nurofen or calpol before food sometimes helps, alongside cold cucumber sticks to help with the pain.

We don't do this often but if he needs to eat in a hurry (ie we need to leave at a certain time) I'll let him watch Miss Rachel on YouTube while we feed him. This has been the best in getting him to eat. But obviously we don't want to encourage this so we don't do it often. He's still not a great eater, some days he'll only eat breakfast and tea, other days he will eat a few spoonfuls all day. It's so hit and miss. He loves his milk so all I can do is keep offering a variety of finger foods and spoon fed meals daily and try not to put any pressure on him or me - easier said then done I know!

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PritiPatelsMaker · 12/11/2022 08:09

If you've got a DP/DH I'd send them to the park today with some snacks or lunch. Often a different person and a different environment can encourage LOs to eat.

Could your DH/DP get them up in the morning and give them breakfast instead of a feed. It would give you time to have a shower and they usually eat when Mum isn't around.

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lottie198 · 13/11/2022 09:52

PritiPatelsMaker · 12/11/2022 08:09

If you've got a DP/DH I'd send them to the park today with some snacks or lunch. Often a different person and a different environment can encourage LOs to eat.

Could your DH/DP get them up in the morning and give them breakfast instead of a feed. It would give you time to have a shower and they usually eat when Mum isn't around.

We have tried this and unfortunately makes no difference. I socialise quite a bit and go to cafes etc and he ate some biscuit, banana and baby crisps the other day but not a whole lot really. I'm hoping it picks up after this bad teething episode. A tooth has finally cut! X

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PritiPatelsMaker · 13/11/2022 20:33

A tooth has finally cut!

Oh that's good news Wink

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