My friends baby is 16 months old and is still only drinking formula, no solids. Is this ok? Is there any kind of health risk in waiting too long to start solids? The mother said her baby doesn't like solids and she can't get her to eat them. Also constipation was an issue before when she did get her to eat solid food.
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on February 22, 2011
at 11:09 PM
That is very interesting! I can't imagine a 16 month old not eating solids - my little guy was begging for food a 5.5 months.
I would suggest to just keep on trying and offering the solid food at every meal - try varying the tastes, textures and temperatures to see what babe likes/dislikes. As for the constipation - keep bab hydrated with water (or formula that is a little more watered down).
I think the most important thing is to be relaxed with your child while they are eating and trying new things so that they are relaxed as well - also no forcing of the food that will make babe not want it even more.
I wish your friend good luck!
on February 22, 2011
at 05:51 PM
My wife and I are strong proponents of Baby Led Weaning (My wife's blog on it - http://sara-thismomloves.blogspot.com/2010/06/weaningstarting-solid-foods.html), on facebook, check out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Led-Weaning-Let-your-babies-feed-themselves/177559918956134
I would say that there are some significant risks in formula being the only 'food' that a baby is ingesting, given that, in most cases, it really isn't 'food' at all. If you said that the baby was still exclusively breastfed at that age, I would have raised an eyebrow, but not be completely concerned - just interested in the mother/child dynamic and the living conditions. Exclusive formula use at that age is, in my mind (I am not a doctor or specialist, just the father of two children and a staunch Paleo proponent), terrifying and can be the potential cause of some significant health and developmental problems later in life.
Here's a typical formula ingredient list:
Enzymatically hydrolyzed reduced minerals, whey protein concentrate, palm olein, soy, coconut, high-oleic safflower oils, lactose, maltodextrin, patoassium citrate, calcium phosphate, calcium chloride, salt, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, inositol, choline bitartrate sodium ascorbate, alpha tocophyeryl acetate, naicinamide, calcum pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, phylloquinone, biotin, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, taurine, L-carnitine"
With everything we know about Paleo, what are some of the immediate issues?
on February 23, 2011
at 04:48 AM
Yeah, even adults can't digest soy well. And a lot of that formula is loaded with corn oil. Then they add a bit of protein and spray in some chemical vitamins so the kid won't die, cuz none of the main ingredients contain much nutrition by themselves, so that has to be added in separately. Then add some sugar (maltodextrin) so it won't taste like the crap that it is. This is bad for all children, but worse the longer it continues. Perhaps the mother needs to revisit what she was feeding the kid. Many baby foods are loaded with chemicals also. Plus many people start their babies on cheerios, which is also processed crap. Might want to start the baby on a bit of banana or something natural and easy on the stomach.