Raffaele generally refuses to eat solids. By "generally" I mean that he will only eat A LITTLE bit 0.1% of the time, so hardly ever.
I breast-fed for six months, stopped when I was put on medication for gastro-intestinal issues, and he's been formula-fed ever since.
Mr. FloridaWife, mother, and I have tried ALL kinds of foods -- Gerber, table food, vegetables, fruits, meats, bread, you name it. It's as if he doesn't "get it."
So, Mr. FloridaWife took him to his 12-month appointment today (because he's a stay-at-home-dad), and he says that the pediatrician is saying that we really, really need to get him to eat solids. That he could turn anemic or whatever. My DH says, "look, I was eating solids at 7 weeks and a ONE MONTH old that was there was eating her mother's bagel. We have to get him HUNGRY and then FORCE him to eat."
Raffaele HATES sitting in his high chair. The entire experience of trying to feed him solids turns into a cry-fest with him wailing to get out of the chair. My mother (she stops in everyday for a few hours) says it's not worth the battle sometimes. We don't force it on him, we stop, and let him go on his merry-way. I've tried giving him food with him walking around, but that's another challenge, because he'd rather keep walking around and he pushes the spoon away.
Raffaele has about 16 teeth already, so he should be able to chew just fine.
My heart is breaking from this. I don't want to FORCE him to eat if he hates it so much, but maybe there is truth in that a 12-month old should be eating solids?
Any hints, words of wisdom, no-nonsense advice, tips to encourage him would be appreciated.