HELP! My Baby Doesn’t Care about Food!

When mastitis strikesBy the time my oldest son reached five or six months old, he was a giant. He was crazy long and his cheeks and arms and legs were so chubby, I could barely keep up with him (he was exclusively breastfed at the time). I was very interested in him starting to get some of his calories from solid foods by then. Unfortunately, he was not.

Some babies start watching everybody eat right away, and seem to have a keen interest in trying out the same foods. My youngest son was like that. He definitely fit pretty perfectly into the baby led weaning (BLW) camp.

But my older son was a totally different story. To be honest, he is still (at age six) still nervous about new situations, and I think that’s why he wasn’t interested in solids. He was used to breastmilk, he liked breastmilk, so why try anything new? It wasn’t broke, so he wasn’t fixing it. My husband the engineer is kind of the same way; I wonder where he gets it?

By eight months, I was barely able to spoon feed more than a couple servings of baby food to him, no matter if it was store bought or homemade. Forget BLW, he was totally not interested. It seemed to be affecting his sleep. He took a long time to be able to sleep 6 to 8 hours in a row, because I think he was hungry. My friends with babies the same age all talked about the huge variety of foods their kids were eating by then, which made me concerned (especially as a first-time mom).

If you’re in the same boat, there’s no need to despair like I did. It’s definitely worth asking about at your next pediatrician visit. There are some children that do require feeding therapy, and your doctor should be able to decide if your child would benefit from further testing. It could be just teething pain as well keeping your baby from wanting to dig in.

Continue to offer your baby a variety of foods. Eventually even the most stubborn kids, as long as there’s no underlying medical issue, will eventually discover how fun and tasty eating is. Baby Mum Mum crackers were the turning point for my son. A friend recommended the surfboard-shaped rice crackers, and he loved them. Once he discovered one food he loved, he slowly started eating other things, too.

Keep in mind, that kids, like adults, are all different. Some children are voracious eaters from the start, and some kids will always be light eaters. And if your baby is a reluctant solids eater, well, there’s one bright side: if you’re breastfeeding, being the source of almost 100 percent of an older, larger baby’s caloric intake can often mean losing the last of your baby weight.

Meaghan Howard is a mom to two little boys, ages 4 and 6. She’s currently enjoying the expat life in Japan.

Tags: baby led weaning, breastmilk, feeding, nursing, solids

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