I was flabbergasted today when our new nutritionist said, "The absolute best thing you can do for your child is to wean him."
We were there because he's 33 months old and is in the 7th percentile for height but the 27th percentile for weight. He's gained 3 lbs. and grown 1 inch in the last 4 1/2 months. He now weighs (finally) 30 lbs. and he's 29 inches tall. The doctor said if he drops into the 5th percentile for height that they'll want to run a bunch of tests. But, we're positive his problem is nutrition, not genetic or due to any illness.
He's our 5th child and, by far, the pickiest. Feeding him is like entering a war zone. He will slam his mouth shut and refuse to eat much, if anything, at some meals. If you give him a blueberry waffle, he'll take 2 bites. If you give him a bowl of grapes, he'll eat most of them...some of the time. If you give him potato chips, he'll eat until he bursts. But, he can't live on potato chips. It's very difficult and so stressful. I've been nursing him in the morning, and before naptime and bedtime. I've recently cut out the morning one to encourage him to eat breakfast. But, why must I eliminate the naptime and bedtime nursing if he's not going to eat food afterward anyway?
The nutritionist said the longer I nurse him, the longer he depends on the suck reflex and the less he depends on swallowing solids. He swallows food just fine. It's getting the food into his mouth that's the problem. Am I the only one who thinks the suck reflex explanation for a child who's almost 3 is beyond ridiculous?