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    Baby refuses solids

    Has anyone any experience with their babies refusing solids. My 7 month old baby is refusing to try solids. She simply refuses to open her mouth to even taste the food. She has lost weight as a result. Also would appreciate feedback as to how much formula a 7 month old should be taking. Mine only takes about 500 ml a day.

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    Hello,

    I had a midwife come to my house in Australia when my daughter was 7 months old and they recommend between 7-10 months a baby should be having 4 bottles a day of at least 180mls per bottle. At this age, I was giving my daughter 5 feeds at 180mls per bottle. They say at some stage you need to get this up to 240mls. My daughter is now 91/2 months old and I dropped one of these bottles at 9 months. She now get 4 bottles a day, 2 are 180mls and two are 240mls. I only started the 240mls today so I'll see how it goes. She took her one in the morning very well.

    On top of this, she has 3 meals of solids a day (and was also having 3 solid meals at 7 months).

    What solids have you tried? Perhaps she just doesn't like what you're trying. I found pureed pear worked well as it is nasturally sweet and they like the taste. Perhaps advocado with some milk? Baby rice with fruit?

    Hope this helps. Best of luck.

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    Thank you Strong for your information. My baby refuses to open her mouth to even taste what I have to offer so it cannot possibly be due to her dislike of the food being offered. She simply refuses to even taste what is on the spoon/on my finger. I am taking her to see a padiatrician tomorrow and hopefully will have an answer for his exasperating problem. I just wanted to see if any other moms had similar experience with their baby.

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    momo,
    I've the same experiences w/ my boy when he was around 8-10 months old. One day he would eat nicely, 5 other days he would be on hunger strike! Thank Goodness he was willing to drink more of the formula. I talked to his PD and she said most kid go through this stage when they are teething. As long as she drinks a little more milk, she should be okay.
    The PD also recommended formula for kids who do not eat well. I don't remember the name for sure now, but I think it was "Pediasure". It's made by Similac/Abbott but is geared towards non-eating babies.

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    I have a pair of twin girls 7 mths old - while one would eat whatever given to her the other just love to be contrary. We usually sing nursery rhymes/make funny faces to her (the stubborn one!) or give her a toy/flashcard/ or anything to entertain her. It usually works - she finish her meal, not as fast as the sister but at least mealtime was not a battleground.

    They take 5 feeds daily:
    1 solid (porridge wz fish & carrot)
    2 milk feed (mix wz steamed oats & cereal)
    2 milk feed (just plain milk)

    Total milk intake about 18oz/540ml. Like all moms, I feel they need more milk but they seems to be healthy & thriving - their energy is boundless!

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    Jdang, how do you feed you twins the milk which has been mixed with solids? Do you use bottle? I have tried to distract my baby but nothing works. She cries and get very upset when I managed to "sneak" the spoon with food into her mouth and she would spit it out. I am at a loss as to what to do. Hopefully the paediatrician will provide some answer.

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    Momo

    I used Dr. Brown bottles wz the Y-Cut cereal teats. You probably wouldn't be able to put in a lot of cereal but I find it helpful & less troublesome when feeding a fussy baby.

    BTW, my baby decided she doesn't like feeding fm the bottle anymore today. So I had to pour everything into a bowl & spoon feed her again. Sigh!
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    momo:

    Sometimes our boy doesn't eat either, but he does drink a lot (of formula). When he was about 7-8 months, he drank between 800 & 960 ml. a day. Now at 18 1/2 months, he drinks 3 cups of 240 ml. daily. His weight is just a tad above average.

    When he doesn't want to eat anything, he is still receptive to yoghurt. And we just have to be happy with that. We give him full-fat fruit yoghurt (even at dinnertime), and a lot of times can sneak small pieces of steamed apple in with it. We also give him a bowl of dry Cheerios to play with. And yes, some of them do end up in his mouth.

    What did the PD say?

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