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    Cool Oral Aversion??

    Hi! My 7-month old son is a breastmilk purist! He will nurse once a day in the early morning, and otherwise has made it clear to me he wants breastmilk from a bottle, so I pump the rest for him. He's in the 90th percentile in weight and 70th percentile in height, so he's a healthy and big baby. But I tried introducing him to solids on his 6 month birthday (with much excitement!) and was sad to realize he really hates anything other than bm. I tried mixing bm with rice cereal, with a banana, avocado, stage 2 baby food, etc. and he doesn't like it! I tried giving him finger food to feed himself, and he did a TINY bit better, but still ultimately spit everything out. He gags, cries, fusses, clamps his lips shut, turns his head, and blows raspberries whenever I approach his mouth with food. He is such a smart cookie that when he saw me wash a spoon in the sink randomly (without having recently fed him), he saw it and started blowing raspberries without my even lifting it to his mouth. My pediatrician said he needs to start solids and that he might have to go to specialist to help him get used to textures, but I'm wondering if it's just the typical mindset of our culture? Any advice, sage wisdom, etc?

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    It sounds like maybe he's just not into solids at the moment. That's okay, since breastmilk is meant to provide the majority of a child's nutrition up to age 1. Lots of kids just don't get interested in solids until later, I'm really surprised your doctor is making an issue of it. Lots of moms around here have kids that don't get interested in solids until even after age one, as long as they nurse plenty and you just keep offering and let baby decide for himself when and what he wants to eat.

    It's also possible baby just isn't developmentally ready for solids. Most kids are by around 6 months, but as we know not all kids follow what the books tell us they should be doing.

    Have you looked into baby led solids at all? Some kids also just don't like being fed from a spoon. I did this approach with both of my kids and found it to be much less stressful than spoon feeding and pureeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    It sounds like maybe he's just not into solids at the moment. That's okay, since breastmilk is meant to provide the majority of a child's nutrition up to age 1. Lots of kids just don't get interested in solids until later, I'm really surprised your doctor is making an issue of it. Lots of moms around here have kids that don't get interested in solids until even after age one, as long as they nurse plenty and you just keep offering and let baby decide for himself when and what he wants to eat.

    It's also possible baby just isn't developmentally ready for solids. Most kids are by around 6 months, but as we know not all kids follow what the books tell us they should be doing.

    Have you looked into baby led solids at all? Some kids also just don't like being fed from a spoon. I did this approach with both of my kids and found it to be much less stressful than spoon feeding and pureeing.
    He's only 7 months. He has time to explore textures before worrying about seeing any specialists. (to the Dr - not you!)
    Amanda
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    And Gavin Born 01/13/10. 22 months, still nursing and already determined to find every possible way of giving me a heart attack with his dare devilishness

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    Just wanted to let you know I'm in just about exactly the same boat as you actually My son is 7 months old and wants nothing but breastmilk really, sans for a couple of bites of mashed potatoes, baby led as "solids" that is. I was worried too but my local LLL leader assures me that this is normal-she said that she was trying desperately to feed one of her sons who absolutely refused for the longest time and she was so worried and then one day, when he was 10 months old, he took his first bite by yoinking her fork out of her hand when she was eating with him on her lap and put it in his mouth and ate the food off it! She said he was fine though and after that he took a bite of solids every day, and then a few bites, and eventually he was eating like a champ. So I guess everyone just develops at their own pace and some of us are late bloomers. Thankfully like the others said breastmilk is the perfect food for human beings so there is nothing that can hurt him or you as long as you remember not to let the criticism get to you.
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    My son went through the exact same thing (except he won't take a bottle or sippy or anything, he only wants the boob )! He's now 12 months and still wants mostly breastmilk. It has a been a gradual process for us. Just stick with it, he'll eventually come around.
    SAHM to Roman (3/6/09) and Solomon (5/24/10)

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    Thank you...helps to know. Your son shows no signs of any other autism-spectrum disorder symptoms, I suppose? The Dr. said his texture aversion makes her slightly worried about that, but my son shows no other signs (he's very sociable, loves smiling, laughing, relating, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*doveofzion2001 View Post
    Thank you...helps to know. Your son shows no signs of any other autism-spectrum disorder symptoms, I suppose? The Dr. said his texture aversion makes her slightly worried about that, but my son shows no other signs (he's very sociable, loves smiling, laughing, relating, etc.)
    Not sure which one of us you were talking to but, if it was me; no, my son has no signs of said disorders. In fact if it helps you ward off any critics, here is a video of my son showing quite advanced mental progress-saying "hello" at 3 1/2 months-and this is the same baby that has only had a few bites of baby-led solids. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpkXcxuP5lI Your LO sounds clever as well so all the more reason to believe you and they know what is best- i would continue to urge you to follow your heart and go with what you think is best

    (Also---our species has survived for half a million years on breastfeeding and baby led solids---and, what, 70 years with formula and spoonfeeding? )
    Proud wife to Paul , dedicated SAHM to our O.O. born 00:00:00 on 08 Nov 2010,

    Look for us in the upcoming September 2011 issue of LLLGB's magazine, "BREASTFEEDING MATTERS" as well as LLL's upcoming booklet on relactation!
    & A proud daughter to a LLLL may she RIP.
    Relactated from scratch after a complicated birth(BAD hospital)...
    Now relatched and & ing after 5 months of 100% EBM feeding
    Planning permanent lactation.
    A millionaires baby fed with commercial baby milk has a poorer diet than the poorest family's baby who is breastfed.-WHO, 1997
    My story-for those looking to relactate, relatch, or boost their milk supply

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    with PPs.

    Joe didn't eat much by way of solids until he was ... uh ... 10 months old? He didn't really "get into" solids until past a year. That's normal. He HATED spoons. Hated them. Hated, hated, hated. BLS was the only way to go.

    I wouldn't stress at this point. I think this kind of thing is normal for a lot of babies.


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    Suggesting that your baby has a texture aversion and might need evaluation for autism spectrum disorders because he isn't ready for food at 7 months seems like crazy town to me.

    with PPs. I started trying with food when my daughter was 6 months, and she did almost exactly what you've described your son doing - emphasis on gagging, clamping down, and turning away. I backed off and offered every few days or so. She's 8.5 months now and is eating a couple of tablespoons of food a day. It was a quick change too - one day she wasn't ready, and then the next she was. Your baby sounds totally normal to me
    Elizabeth, mama to Lillian - 10/03/10


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    ...He HATED spoons. Hated them. Hated, hated, hated.
    ...Funny thing, Osrid LOVES spoons. He has NO inclination whatsoever to eat off of them, but he loves to hold them, wave them around like magic wands, bang them against stuff like drum sticks, and talk into his reflection, totally awestruck... ABAABAAA BABABAbAAABA!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Proud wife to Paul , dedicated SAHM to our O.O. born 00:00:00 on 08 Nov 2010,

    Look for us in the upcoming September 2011 issue of LLLGB's magazine, "BREASTFEEDING MATTERS" as well as LLL's upcoming booklet on relactation!
    & A proud daughter to a LLLL may she RIP.
    Relactated from scratch after a complicated birth(BAD hospital)...
    Now relatched and & ing after 5 months of 100% EBM feeding
    Planning permanent lactation.
    A millionaires baby fed with commercial baby milk has a poorer diet than the poorest family's baby who is breastfed.-WHO, 1997
    My story-for those looking to relactate, relatch, or boost their milk supply

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