LO is 15 months old and is 18 lbs, 5 oz. She barely picks at food. Like she might eat 2 beans at one sitting, and maybe 2 puffs at another sitting, maybe a saltine cracker later. Her hemoglobin got low for a while, but I gave her polyvisol with iron and her hemoglobin came back up. She learned how to walk officially last month. She is still growing in length, but slowly. She didn't really gain any weight last month, but she was sick AND began walking, so we feel like we were lucky to just break even. The pediatrician wasn't pleased with her lack of weight gain, but also wasn't concerned enough to need to see her back before her next appt in March. LO has been evaluated by a speech path and an occupation therapist for sensory aversion because she won't eat anything mushy. She just plays with it. She won't let me spoonfeed her. She is still nursing and I've been writing down her nursing so I can make sure she gets 8 in 24 hours. That's kind of an arbitrary number, but I feel good about it. She poops and pees plenty when I make sure we nurse that often. But what else can I be doing? The therapists just weren't that helpful. They give me ideas, but none of them have really helped much. She's such a busy baby, I really want to supplement her diet someway, but it's so hard! She won't let me spoonfeed her. I just would like her to be back on the chart. How can I put some more weight on her?
I read on here where someone said low supply can actually make them not want to eat table food?? My supply might be low, IDK, but my ovulation hasn't returned. My breasts don't get that heavy full feeling anymore, and I think I've finally stopped forcefully spraying, but I know that those aren't actual indicators of supply, anyway.
Anyway, I just need some suggestions. Not to be told that some babies don't take an interest in solids until such and such age, or that she's probably just a lean baby. I have not introduced cow's milk yet, but I was considering it. We buy raw cow's milk that doesn't have a nutrition label on it, so I have no idea how many fat grams are in one serving. But I was thinking of offering her like 4 oz. a day and continuing to nurse like crazy. She will drink from a sippy a little bit.
She seems to have a reason she doesn't want food. I know some babies don't take an interest in solids until the middle of the second year, but what about the ones that are like mine, very busy, very skinny, and needing iron supplementation to keep hemoglobin at a healthy level.
Thanks in advance.