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Harry aged 14 months - fussy feeding

Our son Harry has had slow weight gain pretty much since he was born. He is now 14 months old and weighs 7.4kg. I would like to have him eating more solids and a wider variety of foods. I'd also like to stop breast feeding him, for his own good (might be that the breast milk is not nutritious/calorific enough hence his slow weight gain, which is a major source of stress/worry for my husband and I) and so that I can send him to crèche later this year.

Harry is not that interested in eating solids and hardly drinks any liquids other than breast milk. It might be that he is having too much breast milk but I don't know how to reduce the breast milk as he never seems to me to be eating enough solids/drinking enough other liquids, so I'm worried that by reducing his breast milk he won't be getting enough to eat or become dehydrated, as he is so small. The paediatricians we've seen have said he is fine but that he needs to eat more solids.

We started following the 9-12 month routine 2 months ago. Before that, Harry hardly ate any solids. He was happy to pick at different finger foods but never ate enough for proper nutrition. He never wanted to take anything off a spoon. I would breast feed him every 3 to 4, sometimes 5 hours during the day, and he would wake up once but sometimes twice a night and I would feed him. I tried everything I could think of to try get him to eat, giving him solids before a breast feed so that he would be hungry, spacing solids half way between breast feeds so that he wasn't too hungry and wouldn't associate not eating with then getting breast milk. I didn't make any progress. Since starting the CLB routine Harry has been taking food from a spoon but primarily rice cereal and not much else. He's been sleeping through the night for a month now, apart from a few exceptions (e.g. when travelling).


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