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bean77: can i ask at nearly 10 months my little pup is hardly eating a thing, is this normal and how long should i leave it before my breast milk alone wont be enough.....Im getting worried as the 12 month mark creeps up...as food is for fun till year one BUT what happens after that??????????
Unless you are actually concerned about your baby's health, there's no need to do anything. Some babies take this long - some are even over a year before they really get the plot. There really isn't much that breastmilk doesn't have enough of - mainly iron and zinc. So if you're offering meat, all should be well. At the end of the day, what's the alternative - force feeding?? That just can't be right. And incidentally, by this age lots of spoon-fed babies are starting to assert themselves and become 'difficult' eaters, so please don't assume your pup would be better off that way.
Hanaflower: Iron. I am worried that DS is not getting enough. He doesn't really like meat or green veg (except courgettes, but I don't think they count.
No-one really knows the answer to this but they really do only need small amounts if they’re breastfed. So long as you’re offering, you just need to trust.
Sugar. How much is too much? Is a bit of custard going to kill him? (My mother thinks I'm depriving him by not feeding nursery pudding at every meal)
I think the clue is in ‘every meal’. A little of what you fancy doesn’t harm. In fact anyone who asks that question probably isn’t going to do anything bad. Just look at all the toddlers feasting on lollipops to get a sense of perspective!
Salt. Same again really - how much should I worry when we are on holiday and the only thing he will eat is (quite salty) bread?[/quote]
Same again, really. Not a problem – unless you are on holiday every week!
WhatFreshHellIsThis: Where do you stand on handing babies food? I successfully BLW'd my now three year old and am starting again with six month old son number two. He is MUCH more interested in food if I hand it to him (particularly if I was eating it first..... )than if it's placed in front of him, but the book says that he should learn to pick things up for himself. Any thoughts?
Fine to hold food out for a baby to take/grab – only polite, really! But let the baby reach out to your hand to take it. The problem comes when people close a baby’s hand round a piece of food when they’re really not old enough to do this for themselves.
Toogoodoo: If there is time towards the end (as mine are approaching 3 and 18 months) I was just wondering what to do if in true BLW style your children pick and choose what to eat at each meal (one goes for carbs, then meat and rarely veg and is pretty chunky, the other meat, veg, then carbs and is very lean!).
Sounds fine - as long as the meal consists of some of each of these, then the children should get what they need. There’s really no way I know of to control this (without getting in to the sort of fights that BLW usually prevents) – and they may swap over from time to time anyway! No need to get into the business of cooking separate meals – not necessary, and not a good plan.
Bananamum: One (slightly cheeky) question I have wondered is whether, if you could rename Baby Led Weaning, whether you would do? I ask because it is a bit of a mouthful and I know that some people hear the name and immediately think 'gimmick' and 'marketing', which are so far from the truth!
Hmmm. I might be tempted, if only because of confusion worldwide over what is meant by ‘weaning’ (stopping breastfeeding is the meaning in lots of countries). But I have to say I can’t think of anything that wouldn’t sound just as gimmicky. And, although I’m credited with giving BLW its name, I don’t actually remember naming it being an ‘event’. The name just caught on – so that must count for something?#
Brownowl: … he is often very picky about new foods even when he is hungry, not wanting to pick them up or have a taste until you 'wipe' the food on his mouth to give him a taste and then he dives straight in. Is this fairly typical for some babies / is there anything I can do to help him be brave to explore more?
Not heard of this before BUT – they’re all different – hooray! Great idea to wipe the food over his mouth (so long as he doesn’t mind). The best suggestion I have is simply to eat with him and ‘model’ what you hope he’ll copy.
Mae’r: Zack hasn't poo'd for 12 days (and counting). Coincides with an increase in solids, blw style. Is this common for babies? Will going to the Dr benefit? He's not unhappy, just the odd straining session.
The doctor will probably suggest a mild laxative but then you’ll never know how long he might have gone without it (and still been fine)! If Z seems happy, I’d be inclined to sit it out. How old is he now? Is he otherwise breastfed? If so, did he go long periods between poos when fully breastfed? If he’s not having much in the way of food yet, it may just be an extreme example of what some breastfed babies do anyway.