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Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2001 - 3:05pm
Milkmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2001 - 09:00

Oh, I did mean baby food or anything other than breastmilk (or formula). My ds seriously would not eat anything (not rice cereal, baby food, or anything) until he was around 14 months! So naturally I was a bit concerned! When he did start 'eating' he ate regular table food. He only now will let me put a spoon near his mouth if it is something he knows he likes. Otherwise he wants to do it all himself. Except for nursing...of course.

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 1:14am
AlwaysAvoidAnaphylaxis's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

No. Our little guy started baby cereal at 4 months and then all sorts of baby foods along the way including cheerios early and we introduced adult foods closer to 12 months. I avoided all dairy and egg until 12 months to decrease the risk of getting juvenile diabetes.

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 8:13am
blackmoss's picture
Joined: 12/26/2000 - 09:00

My one year old doesn't get anything but his formula. Would he eat if offered? Don't know. He would eat oatmeal very grudgingly but found out he's allergic to it. He now wants no part of food except ice chips. But then as the latest round of testing is showing... he truly is allergic to everything. I've always thought people exaggerated with that phrase but for my little one it's honestly true.

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 2:39pm
Liane's picture
Joined: 07/27/2001 - 09:00

Milkmom I love your name. With Vince at eight months this is exactly how I feel sometimes, especially during the night when it's all he wants!
But Vince wanted solids from very early on. All the signs that the doctors and books tell you to look out for - watching you eat, grabbing for your food - he started as soon as he could developmentally do them. When my mum came to stay when he was six weeks old, we all watched him watch me eat an ice cream sandwich, he was focused on every bite I took, even opening his mouth when I opened mine. IT was like that every time I ate from then on. As soon as he could he was interested in reaching for what was in my hand. Being (I thought at the time) allergy aware, I insisted we wait until he was six months old to start solids, much against the pressure (and even out and out arguments) of my husband's family, and even some subtle hinting from my dad, whom I consider to be pretty up with most medical knowledge, only my mum, who is anaphylactic to shellfish, never questioned me waiting.
Well, I gave him his first meal at six months and we have never looked back. Vince loves food, especially anything creamy and savoury like sticky rice, squash or sweet potatoes. He is fascinated by picking up his own food (love Cheerios and Nabisco blue Arrowroot cookies) but is only comfortable mashing and swallowing Cheerios and Arrowroot cookies at 8 months. It's a pity he isn't so reluctant to try every little piece of dust and cat fur that falls on our floor!
I wonder a bit if this is more of an old wives tale, or women's folklore, starting later due to allergies - given that we now know peanut allergens are passed through breastmilk, how do we know other things are not being passed? There is so much we don't know about breastmilk. It is such a wonderful and complex substance that science has only just begun in understanding the makeup of human milk. What we do know about children is that every one has their own schedule, their own order of developmental priorities. If baby wants to enjoy not only breastmilk but also the intimacy, comfort and security of being snuggled up to mum every few hours for emotional and physical nourishment, who's to doubt them? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] I know I still like to rest with my head in my mother's lap at 25 years of age and feel the same safety and comfort I felt there as a child. 14 months and still primarily breastfeeding is within the norm for development for children. It might be at the high end of normal, but it's still normal. Personally, I wouldn't be worried about it too much, even though it does raise an interesting question of whether our bodies know when to protect us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Rosemary N.
[This message has been edited by Liane (edited August 23, 2001).]

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 8:13pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son started right on time--about 6 mons. What a picky eater since he found cereal okay, loved his fruits, buy hated any vegetables and meat. He was breastfed until 2, and now is 4 1/2. He still is very picky, but at least will eat some vegetables like spinach, broccoli and carrots, only raw however. He's now a red meat man, too, but rarely gets it because we're not big red meat eaters.


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