My daughter ever since she was born never wanted her bottle. I have to force her to eat every time. Now we are trying to transition her to solids and she chews everything up then spits it back out. I need help!Answer Question
You need help and not from cm. It sounds like your baby has tactile sensitivity. I hope your baby is breastfeeding and that's why she won't take a bottle. No way a baby should only have formula for 12 mo. Even a bf baby needs solids by 9 mo. Your baby is in danger of having to have a feeding tube.
The baby's doctor should have referred you to a developmental doctor or clinic. They should have done an evaluation including for tactile issues. If your daughter has tactile sensitivities then occupational therapy can help. If you have been forcing her to eat for 12 mo therapy may be a rough process and may involve long hospitalizations (weeks).
Answer by Gailll at 1:12 PM on Aug. 15, 2010
You are saying two different things. First you say you have to force feed her and now you say she eats but doesn't get excited. She is underweight but not ftt. You should have been talking to the doctor all along.
Since she doesn't like bottles and is over 12 mo you can stop the bottles. Cups with tubing usually work well with toddlers with feeding issues. You can get tubing at places like ACE hardware by the foot. Get the small tubing that is used for plumbing like ice cube makers. You can use a hole punch and make a hole in a tupperware cup lid and feed the tubing through and it should fit snug. Keep up with pumped milk since she isn't eating, as much as possible.
Answer by Gailll at 1:33 PM on Aug. 15, 2010
Since she isn't eating much it needs good as food as possible. Meat, sweet potato, avocado, and foods high in food value and many also high in calories and fat. If she won't feed herself then she may eat off your finger better than a spoon. You can put butter or olive oil on food to add calories.
http://www.kellymom.com/ is a good breastfeeding website with info on starting solids.
You might try breastfeeding. She may need to breast milk a year or more longer if she isn't going to eat. Whatever bf problems you had before may not be an issue now. Pumping sucks! You might try when she is really sleepy. La Leche League Leaders will help for free.
Answer by Gailll at 1:38 PM on Aug. 15, 2010
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