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Switching a Baby from Nursing to Table Foods

I have a 7 month old baby who is nursing. He has 2 teeth, sits up, reaches for things, 20 lbs, etc. All the signs that he should be ready for table food/baby food. The problem is that he has no interest in food. I've tried a lot of the pureed fruits, veggies, and cereal. He turns his head away every time. I've tried food with a little more consistency and that hasn't worked either. He likes to bite, so crackers agree with him but all he does is break them into pieces. That's hardly a meal. I don't want to nurse till he's 3! I don't want to nurse much past a year. This wasn't an issue with my other 2 kids.

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November 21, 20070 found this helpful

My Grandson was a hard one to switch to jar and table foods also we just kept him on a breakfast, lunce and dinner schedule and kept working with him a little at a time and my daughter also went to bottle milk. He finally got it. Just keep tying and he'll get it.

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

When my kids was little, I had a little baby food grinder. It was small, and I took it to the table. The babies ate what we ate. Taste better than baby food, and a heck of a lot cheaper. When I fixed meat, I would add gravy, or broth to make it softer for them. Don't give them fruit or sweets first or they will only want that and not their veggies. K-Mart has these grinders in the baby department for $7.

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breast milk be a baby's main source of nutrition till one year of age. It is *okay* if your son is not interested in table food yet. Wait a few weeks and try again. At this age breast milk is absolutely the best thing you can give him. You can find more information on starting solids at http://www.llli.org

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

I think if he isn't interested in solid foods or pureed foods, then he isn't ready for them. Keep offering the foods, but if he still wants to nurse, than that is the best thing for him. Seven months is awfully young anyway; he should still be primarily nursing.

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

Some babies really do take more time to do anything so just keep trying. Consistency will pay off. He probably does really like the breast milk, but he will realize that it doesn't fill him up enough eventually. My last one nursed for 14 1/2 months but then gave it up easily when the time was right. I don't think you'll have to nurse him until he's three, don't worry!

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November 28, 20070 found this helpful

You could try making the cereal up with your breastmilk. I did this with my baby so that the cereal would retain the taste and smell she loved with only the consistency being new. You could also try giving him bananas. They are the easiest to digest food and they moosh easy in the babies mouths.

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