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    Unhappy My son is having problems with eating solids.......

    My son is 14 months old. And I am happy to say that we are still BFing about 3-5 times a day. But he seems to have trouble when it comes to trying to eat table type food. I am still having to buy 3rd foods to feed him.
    I have people look at me like I am crazy to still be feeding him 3rd foods. He has a very bad gag reflex. He is able to eat the meat sticks by Gerber. And maybe a few bites of the potatoe mashers. He tends to want to nurse more it seems. Is there something that I could do?
    My ped. wanted me to take him to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital and let an OT do a food study on him..(We live 30 miles south of Nashville, TN.) That I should not be feed him puree type foods at all and that he needed to not be nursing so much. Well I found a new ped. and she is very much pro BFing. But has said that I may want to consider the food study. I feel that my son should have a bit more time to learn to eat more table food type foods. And that he can continue to nurse for as long as he wants. He is still getting nutrients from me. He is about 32 inches long, and he weighs about 25 pounds. HE has always been in the 90-95th percential for length. But has only been in the 50th per. for head and weight. But the new ped. feels that he is very healthy.
    I am a first time mom and feel like I am second guessing myself as a mother. What do I do? Do I take him for the food study or do I give him more time? And I am not about to stop nursing him now. He is still a very advit nurser. And he likes to nurse for comfort, when he is teething, and especially at bedtime and in the early morning. Luckily he self weaned himself from the night feeding when he was 10 months old. He will BF in the middle of the night some times when he is cutting a new tooth. (We are working on # 6 now.)
    If anyone has any insight in this matter I would love to hear from you. Thanks for any support that anyone gives

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    It is always tough to know that we are doing the right things as moms! How wonderful that you found a pediatrician who respects your parenting!

    I certainly can't tell you whether or not your ds needs OT for his eating, but I can say this: Thank goodness he does have your milk! Could you imagine what his nutrition would be if he didn't? I also do know that many moms had children who were not interested in solids until a later age. Your son may just be waiting a while.

    Sounds like he is lucky, though to have a mom who is doing her best by him!

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    Please don't take this the wrong way...but have you ever tasted that Gerber/jarred stuff? Maybe he just doesn't like it! Have you considered just offering him small, soft pieces of what you and the rest of the family are eating. There shouldn't be too much he can't eat at this age. A favorite for my girls was always whole wheat bread soaked in egg (or just the yolk, for the allergenic), cooked as french toast. Nice and soft, with a little apple sauce to dip it in. How about a nice ripe banana, ripe pear, sliced apple cooked in the microwave with a little cinnamon? My girls also loved cooked sweet potatoe. I would just steam it in the microwave, whole, and then peel it and cut up very small chunks they could pick up themselves. Cooked pasta was always a hit, and now Barilla makes a great one with flax and other goodies to make it healthy. Also, grapes, cut in small pieces, would be about the same texture as those meat sticks by Gerber.

    I was just thinking that maybe given the choice at this point he would choose to feed himself!

    Some kids do have aversions to textures. I know I never liked watermelon as a kid because of the mealiness, and my nephew has a lot of food-texture aversions and he is 7. Also, my girls didn't like meat til they got a little older. I guess it was the texture, again. So, maybe you could try some different textured things.

    HTH!

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    Maybe I didn't explain enough about my son. We have tried to feed him table food. Bites of what we are eating over the past several months. And he simply gags on almost anything that is every solid table food. He will eat applesauce, s few bites of banana. But for the other stuff he just gags or he will throw it up. It is not that we haven't tried.

    twogirlsmom-you almost make me feel that I am an awful mom. I feel like you are almost trying to scold me like a school child. Yes, I realize that I am a first time mom and you are more of a veteran than I am. But I came here for support. Is that what you are trying to do? If it is then maybe I am just taking you in the wrong way.

    I am going to continue to try to get him to eat table food. But I can only try. ANd yes I have tasted some of the food. It is a bit bland, but he actually loves it. And eats it up.

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    I am very sorry that you felt scolded by my suggestion. That was not my intention at all! I was really just thinking back to the times that my children didn't really like jarred food and thought maybe this might be the same for your ds. So I was just making a suggestion. From your previous post, I had no idea that you had been offering "big people" food to him. Although, now I look back and see that you did mention that. I must have missed it, and focused in on your discussion of what he is eating now.

    Once again, I apologize for making you feel "less than" a good mom. I have yet to meet a mom who is not trying to do the best job she can, as we are all doing everyday. Good luck with ds!

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    My son also took awhile to like table foods. He still can't eat some things like green beans and carrots unless its mashed or jared. I think he had a hard time because his molars were all coming in at once. There is still one leftbut since he has the others he's able to chew the food better. Before the molars he would just suck on the food and not get any nutrients. And than try to swallow and gag. Most of his nutrition came from my breastmilk. He is also 14 months. Hope this helps. Mandy

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    Hi, my daughter is almost a year old and she still nurses quite often and doesn't eat much. Part of the reason is that she has a very sensitive gag reflex and is a very slow eater because of it. She can't eat what the other kids her age are eating because she'd gag. The other mom's think it's weird. I need to mash things pretty well for her or break off miniscule pieces (maybe half the size of a pea) of my food (such as chicken) in order for her to eat and not gag.

    Regarding the specialist, I hope all goes well! Personally, I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to things like that.

    kms

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    LCSmom,
    I am so sorry you felt badly about a post in this thread. It is important to remember that these boards are an open forum for moms to post, connect and learn. Sometimes you will hear things that you don't agree with, and just like in LLL meetings, I encourage you to take what you think will work for you and leave the rest. Sometimes posts don't always come out the way they were intended. I say this because I am constantly dealing with this issue with my extended family. I often feel the need to call one of my sisters, because her emails do not seem representative of what she is trying to get across!

    With that said, it appears that a few more moms have chimed in saying their children have been in similar situations. Hopefully it is helpful to you to read their posts and know that you are not alone! Trusting your own instincts about ds and his eating is a great way to get through this time. Good luck to you and <<<hugs>>> for doing so well with ds and not forcing the issue!

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    What is gag reflex and how do you know your child has this? Intuitively I told an older woman friend my daughter had an immature swallowing and I expected it would clear with time. She is still nursing at 20 months. My friend told me there was no such thing and I should say this.

    Perhaps I ought to have said gag reflex? I just never had it explained to me.

    Re: difficulty with solids.... at 20 months my daughter is only now testing the waters. I am perfectly fine with this, albeit exhausting to still wake alot at night. Fortunately I've never had to worry about the height, weights, and head measurements. However, might I point out... those standards are not based on breastfed children. I heard a chart was being put together for our nursing babes but don't know if it's available yet. Anyone know about this?

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    At that age my daughter didn't want to eat anything that wasn't pureed and did gag on those chunky type baby foods. Have you tried giving your son baby cereal (oatmeal, barley & mixed grain)? It's fortified with iron and vitamins and most kids seem to like the creamy texture. Also, my daughter is a big fan of Yo Baby yogurt. It's got a more sugar than I'd like -- but also protein and calcium. My daughter is nearly two and still won't eat meat, vegetables, potatoes or pasta! My ped. says just keep putting food in front of her and that she'll eat what she needs. I know it's stressful and frustrating. I understand your concern. What's involved with the test that was suggested? Maybe it's worth checking out. Also, it's great that you are still nursing. Good luck!

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