Hello other beloved mothers/experts,
I am the proud mother to Quinn, a bountiful 26 pound baby boy. At our recent 9 month pediatrician visit, we were distressed to learn that because Quinn is a reluctant eater of solids we were referred to the local Children's Hospitals Feeding Clinic. Now, we're terribly anxious that he's not getting the nutrients he needs and is "starved" for the solids his body requires. I work full-time and have been coming home over lunch to nurse because he refuses to take a bottle. We've been trying solids since my maternity leave ended in Dec. but he's simply not interested and turns away, etc. We introduced the sippy cup a couple months ago but he's still learning the ropes with that too. Quinn is teething rapidly and with each new tooth he goes through a phase of painful teeth placement when nursing. It usually lasts about a week until he figures out how to hold his mouth, but I am "nursing" some wounds and at the same time worried about how much he's getting, the solids issue, the upcoming appt. (only after we fill out an enormous amount of paperwork including a food log of what he eats)...
And, it seems that my internalization of this stress and anxiety about not providing for him makes let-down more difficult. We're trying to socialize the eating experience (family dinner), I've now purchased a slew of baby yogurts, frozen organic veggies and fruits, crackers, etc. thinking maybe he's a baby that will bypass the pureed stuff, but our pediatician said perhaps the issue is textures. We were (shame on us) lax with the vitamin D because he hated it so much, but are now newly vigilant because of the peds concerns.
Seeking input and support around solids, working outside of the home and full-time nursing, the teething challenges to nursing, and any other anecdotal help.
Many, many thanks.