My 10mo old son has been exclusively breastfed. He's just started solids last month, previously refusing baby food. Now, he eats mashed table food. Due to my medical condition, I must wean him immediately so I can begin taking my medication- methotrexate. However, he won't take a paci (there goes the comfort sucking!). He won't take a bottle. I can get him to drink soy milk from a sippy cup, but not formula. He doesn't like goat's milk, either. I don't feel comfortable giving him cow's milk due to the prevalence of allergies in the other children...as per his pediatrician's advice. I've tried dipping the artificial nipples in sugar water- nope! I've tried expressing breast milk to get him used to the fake nipple- no way! We've tried multiple formulas, but since he won't take them, I don't know what to do! At his last appointment, he was in the 90% for height and weight. Since soy, cow, and goat's milk are all out of the question, what can I give him? Is there a formula that tastes similar to breast milk? I can't just express the milk for him and he needs to eat something! Thanks for your input.
Since he is 10 months old and will take fluids from a sippy cup; suggest giving him all fluids from the sippy cup and not trying to use a bottle. Soy milk is fine to give him at that age and plus you can give him yogurt and cottage cheese as a substitute for the formula. At that age you can start with finger foods and he can feed himself with his fingers, too. Here are some Guidelines for what an 8-12 month old child should eat daily: Breast-milk or Formula (6-8oz) 3-5 feedings a day (you can substitute soy milk instead & use the sippy cup), Dairy 1 serving a day – cheese (1/2 oz) or yogurt (1/2 cup). Starch 2 feedings a day – Infant Cereal (2-4 Tbsp), bread (1/2 slice), crackers (2), or pasta (3-4 Tbsp). Fruits or Vegetables 1-2 feedings a day – (3-4 Tbsp). Meat 2 feedings a day – 3-4 Tbsp) or beans (1/4 cup). This food should be feed 3 meals a day with snacks between the meals. Hoped this helped you.
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