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Toby is 10 months old, and still exclusively breastfed, with some bites from raw fruit and vegs, and a tiny bit of bread; other than that, he’s not interested in food even though he’s got 8 teeth. The last few days, I noticed that he just seems a bit slimmer than usual, and my husband noticed the same. At the same time, he seemed to have grown in height. Is it that he doesn’t get enough from breastmilk milk anymore, and needs to start properly on solids or is it just related to the fact that he’s growing and also he’s being so mobile?
I agree with the mantra that food is just for fun until one or until they’re ready, and I heard other babies starting on solids around 1 years old and even 1 and a half. We don’t go to weigh him at the clinic; went once out of curiosity when he was around 6 months old, but haven’t been impressed with the experience. Whenever we meet our independent midwife while she’s visiting some of our friends, we weigh him, and other than that I use our home scales, and yeah, it seems he hasn’t put any weight on the last month or so.
I’m not too concerned as Toby seems to be himself, very lively and mobile for his age; he’s done his first steps alone the other week, and now just holds one of our fingers, and he’s got speed that hardly can keep up with him. What’s your experience? Should I worry and try to get more solids into him or just trust he’ll get interested in food whenever he’s ready?
Personally, if he seems well in himself, I’d just keep an eye on it. DD was pretty much exclusively breastfed until about the age of two. She just had no interest in food. She happily went along the 50th centile (when we took her to be weighed about every 6months!). It could be that his weight is stable, and he’s just growing, and slimming out a bit.
I would bet on it that if he has just taken his first steps, and has built up speed, that he has been burning off more calories recently, and as you say he has grown upwards too. My DD wasn’t that interested in solids until about 20 months, apart from fruit, totally unlike my two boys who were very avid eaters of solids from quite early on. One of the boys was very slim, but he was very active. I know it’s quite hard not to worry but I wouldn’t
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super fast reply…my daughter lost weight around 11 mths just as she was starting to walk too. We took her to get weighed (as you do with your first!) and the nursery nurse suggested topping up with formula, can you believe. I was livid - she was still breastfeeding, had never been given a drop of formula and yet at 11mths she was so quick to suggest formula instead of thinking about the sensible explanations that she was burniung off more calories now she was mobile (of course neither had I but I was a panicking first time mum and she was a paid ‘professional’ )
Of course we did not follow the advice (and never took dd2 or dd3 to be weighed EVER).
He weight issue neevr came to anything.
A few years later I was at a breastfeeding group standing in for a peer and overheard a mum discussing the exact same thing with a h.v about her 12mth 10.5mth old daughter, can you believe the h.v suggested feeding her chocolate and cheese to bulk up her weight - I kid you not - and when I tentatively suggested iut may be because she was learting to walk the h.v. said ‘Ruby has always been an active baby’ and shot me a withering look as if to say ‘in your place you inferior peer!!!
..got to wizz….
I was always taught by my amazing first hv that breast fed babies weight goes in waves rather than an arc, so has periods of plateaus or even slight drops, but if the baby is bright and happy and their usual self it’s nothing to worry about. If he’s been getting way more active and growing upwards but has the same food intake he’s bound to lose a little weight. I wouldn’t worry, just keep offering him food to try of he wants and bf. Your milk will be giving him everything he needs and when he needs more he’ll get more interested in food. All three of my girls have not really been into food until nearly a year- with dd1 I panicked and gave up on blw because I didn’t know it was normal and perfectly healthy, with the other two I just stuck to it and they upped their food intake when they were ready.
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A few years later I was at a breastfeeding group standing in for a peer and overheard a mum discussing the exact same thing with a h.v about her 12mth 10.5mth old daughter, can you believe the h.v suggested feeding her chocolate and cheese to bulk up her weight - I kid you not - and when I tentatively suggested iut may be because she was learting to walk the h.v. said ‘Ruby has always been an active baby’ and shot me a withering look as if to say ‘in your place you inferior peer!!..
My goodness!! Obviously she was one of the many hv’s who only had one year’s basic training in baby care after doing an adult nursing course. This is the very reason hv’s should do s an independent 3yr hv degree rather than be allowed to do one year top up after doing any nursing course . including adult nursing. Most have never worked with children prior to that one year… And none have cared for healthy children (apart from their own).
Bianca, I think the others are right. As long as he seems OK in himself i’d not worry and just keep an eye. Hugs. X x x x
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Thanks lovely ladies for your wise replies. I guess I just needed some reassurance. Also, good to hear other people’s first hand experiences. Thanks.