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    Default Meat aversion

    Is an aversion to animal products common in babies/children? My daughter started solids around 6 months and will eat pretty much anything. However, she will not eat meat. She might have a dairy allergy. She has not had any directly and I have not had any since she was about 2 months. We are not testing it again for awhile since I do not really miss it anymore.
    Anyway, I have tried giving her chicken and turkey in a number of forms. Puree, boiled, broiled, roasted. Plain, with veggies, with fruit. She will not eat it.
    Is this typical? Should I be concerned?
    mommy to Ellie - 2/28/13 8lb 3oz 19.5in

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    Default Re: Meat aversion

    I think it is very common for kids to not like something or other.

    Do you eat meat on a regular basis? I assume you are still nursing? If you eat meat and your baby nurses, you are probably ok. If both you and your baby are essentially on a vegan diet, then you might need to be concerned about low vitamin B12 and possibly low iron(?) unless you and/or baby are getting that from another source. (Sorry this is really not my area, but I do know vegans typically need to supplement with Vit. B12 when breastfeeding-and at other times as well for all I know. I just know about the breastfeeding part of it.)

    Since your baby gets none of the added Vit D found in most cow milk, and neither do you, that might be something to think about as well, especailly in winter.

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    Default Re: Meat aversion

    Very common for kids not to like something. Just make sure she gets protein and iron from other sources- beans and tofu are good for protein, and leafy greens are good for iron. Fortified cereals are too, for that matter.
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    Default Re: Meat aversion

    My son is almost 3 and has been regularly rejecting meat for the last 2 years. The first food he took interest in during baby-led weaning was flank steak, but after a few months he started rejecting all meats. There was a short time when he was crazy about meatballs, but that was almost a year ago. Every once in a while I will put a meat product in front of him and he will eat a large portion, but this anomaly occurs every 3-4 months. I just keep putting it in front of him, and he is at the age where we require him to take a taste of everything on his plate, with the hope that he will eventually develop a taste for the kinds of foods we eat.

    In the meantime, I do what mommal says, offer beans and greens. Luckily DS really likes black beans and I put spinach and kale into fruit smooties that he "helps" make.
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    Default Re: Meat aversion

    Thanks. She is still nursing and I eat meat. I was a little concerned that she was not getting dairy at all or meat directly but she loves spinach and lentils and does well with almost everything else she has had so I am thinking that is okay for now and I will just keep trying.

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