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    Default 15-month old refusing solids

    I have breastfed my daughter since day one and still continue to breastfeed. I tried solid food beginning at 6 months. She would eat only avocado despite trying all sorts of food (eating avocado only lasted a few weeks). I did the homemade route instead of jar food. All along the pediatrician has said just to keep offering her food which I have. Other than the avocado in the beginning she has ate some banana a handful of times (in the last 6 months, but nothing lately). I try to let her self-feed as she pushes my hand away and turns her head if I try to feed her. At this point I give her several options several times a day; fruits, vegetables, yogurt, cheese, tiny pieces of meat, scrambled egg. Currently she is getting a molar in. The doctor said she may eat less so I don't know if I am battling that as well. I just can't help but feel there is something I am doing wrong. I try to feed her regular food before I breastfeed. I try to feed her when I am eating so she sees me eat. She has tried to feed me her food, so I feel she knows what it is that is on her tray ( as opposed to toys), as she frequently just plays with her food or throws it on the floor. Her weight is fine. I just worry because she doesn't even have one thing that she will eat consistently. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Default Re: 15-month old refusing solids

    Toddlers.

    At this stage, babies are still capable of being well-nourished by consuming mostly breastmilk with a few additional solids. Their eating patterns are inconsistent. Some days they will eat a lot of solids, other days nothing or next to it. And their food preferences will be all over the map. They may love beans (or whatever) one day, and then turn up their nose at them the next.

    It sounds like you are taking the exact right approach. Put a variety of healthy solids in front of your LO, and let her choose how, when, and how much to eat. She will eventually discover that she likes solids and will start eatngi them, I promise!

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    Default Re: 15-month old refusing solids

    Hello! I realize that this was posted back in 2013 but I am curious to know how your baby girl is doing now with her eating? My story is identical to yours. I have a 16 month old son who is still exclusively breastfeeding and refusing all solids. At first he was eating a few things. He loved apple sauce and he also used to eat rice cereal and even leeks and cauliflower. I gave him avocado which he did not like (he gagged on it) and then slowly he started to refuse everything and only wants to be breastfed. I am so worried about him because he went from 90th percentile in size down to 50th in about 3 months. He also suffers from multiple food allergies (wheat eggs and dairy), which probably has something to do with him not wanting to eat. If this continues, I will have to look for a feeding therapist. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!

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    Default Re: 15-month old refusing solids

    OP has not been on this forum since 2013.

    It seems odd baby would eat fine and then develop some issue that requires a feeding therapist. I would suggest the book My Child Won't Eat by the pediatrician Carlos Gonzalez. You may find it reassuring and if not, you can always seek more help. The book is short and inexpensive.

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    Default Re: 15-month old refusing solids

    Hello, I only saw this response now. Thank you so much for responding! I did read that book and found it helpful. I also spoke to a therapist and she said that I can continue to breast feed my son without worry, that some babies need to be breastfed for longer. I'm not sure at what stage I should start worrying though.

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    Default Re: 15-month old refusing solids

    In my experience, usually the "start worrying" stage never comes about because things work themselves out long before then.

    In the rare cases that does not happen, the start worrying stage almost always presents itself very obviously.

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    Default Re: 15-month old refusing solids

    iheartavandalex, I copied your post to its own thread here: http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...efusing-solids

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