Yesterday, 09:28 PM
I agree with mommal. Unless you want to wean for some reason, probably the last thing you want to do with a baby who is being constipated by solids and not eager to drink much is to reduce breastmilk. Nursing can only help with constipation, overall nutrition, and liquid intake. Is someone suggesting your baby needs to eat more solids? Are there weight gain issues for example? A baby this age who 'refuses' to eat much solid food is usually entirely normal. And if baby is getting constipated, it makes sense for baby to not want to eat much. You are 100 % correct that you cannot force your child to eat or drink, nor should you try! For a great read on what is normal when it comes to eating habits, nutrition and growth, I suggest the book My Child Won't Eat! by Carlos Gonzalez.
My oldest had constipation both around the time we started solids and then again when potty learning. It was very difficult because eventually he got to the point where pooping hurt and he was intentionally withholding- in other words, not even trying to go. It really became a problem!
I would suggest, do not mistake infrequent poops for constipation. They are no always the same thing. signs it is constipation is if stools are hard, dry, overly large, difficult or painful to pass, baby straining, etc. www.askdrsears.com has some nice constipation info that helped me a lot.
I would suggest backing off on the solids, let baby eat what he likes when he likes and how much he likes with no...