My 11 month old daughter is underweight, she does not want to eat or drink milk. Usually she drinks water and breastfeeds. If we try to feed her, she cries.
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Tips To make Feeding Enjoyable For Baby
You don’t say how much your baby weighs, but normally you would expect a child to have tripled their birth weight by about 12 months. That said, there is often far too much emphasis placed on what is considered normal. These figures are only averages and there are lots of variables, genetic factors, her birth weight, whether she has had any illnesses etc. Being skinny might just be how she is – which is a lot more healthy than being obese! Only if she seems weak, ill or dehydrated, or if she would be falling rapidly behind her weight and length scales, would be a matter or worry. Check with her health nurse!
At her age, breastmilk is still the most important part of her diet, so breastfeeding is the best thing, congratulations on keeping it up!
Solid foods are really just introducing tastes, textures, and different experiences. It only provides a small percentage of her calories.
Don’t make a battle out of feeding her solids, just make it fun. Here are some thing s to consider:
- Many babies prefer to feed themselves rather than have a spoon pushed into their mouth. Let her try to feed herself – it is messy, but she will learn lots more and it avoids setting up a battle. Let her explore and play with her food.
- Lots of finger foods like pieces of cooked vegetables, fruit. Peas were a favorite of my babies, trying to pick them up one by one.
- Offering visual contrasts, like pieces of tomato sticking up out of mashed potato, or rice and peas.
Just relax about it all, she will show more interest as she gets older. Food is something to enjoy, it is a big part of our social interactions so making it fun and exploratory at this age is the best thing.
Here are a few links to finger food ideas, tips on how to avoid power struggles at meal time and how to help the picky eater becoming more enthusiastic about eating.
- Fun and safe finger foods are found here
- How to avoid power struggles at meal time
- How to help inspiring the picky eater baby
Have fun with it all and enjoy your little girl,
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