Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Feeding therapy newsflash

It's not going too well with Konrad learning how to eat solid food. Since the one time he liked the solid food was when I mixed breastmilk with baby cereal, I pumped today and was prepared for another successful feeding. Instead, he spit it back at me again. He starts spitting before the spoon even reaches his mouth. He is in a constant raspberry state when he sees I have a spoon in my hand.

I was finally successful at stopping him from spitting by singing to him (that makes him smile...it's hard to spit while you're smiling...try it!) But then he just let the cereal run out of his mouth. I tried closing his jaw to help him swallow it...but then he spit it out between his lips.

I'm open to suggestions! If your child ever did this, or you have the magic solution, I'm all ears! Fill the comments area with suggestions!

My current plan is to wait another week before trying again, since the last time I had success, it had been several weeks since I had tried. But once I get success, I will keep with it this time. I think another reason he is "spitting mad" about it is that since he's been teething the past two days, I've been giving him Motrin and Tylenol, which he also despises (somehow, he outgrew his acceptance of the taste since the last time he was teething) and spits out.

My low maintenance child is puzzling me! I remember teaching Lukas to eat solid food, and he just let it run out of him mouth, until he finally figured out how to swallow it after about a week. I remember wondering if Lukas was ever going to learn to eat! I know Konrad will learn to eat, but the spitting thing has me stumped!


Myssie said...

Hmmm, maybe you could mix the cereal with some fruit to sweeten it up a bit. Maybe pears or applesauce. Just a thought.

Michelle said...

I have a sister-in-law that had the same problem with her 4th child. She started feeding him solid at 6 mo. (also a breastfed baby) but no go. She kept trying until FINALLY at 8 mo. old he accepted it. Hope it doesn't last that long for you but wanted to let you know you aren't alone!