How can I get my breastfed baby to try different foods?

I am currently breastfeeding my nine-month-old (first child). We have had an amazing breastfeeding journey so far! However, we have had some trouble getting him to try different foods. For a long time, every time we offered him any kind of food, he would just get frustrated and cry. He has finally come around and is enjoying trying different types of food, and he is still breastfeeding wonderfully. My biggest concern is that he is starting daycare in 3 months. He hasn’t taken a bottle since he was two weeks old! (He had trouble with latching at first). I don’t even know where to start preparing him to not only drink from a bottle or cup but to eat solid


At this point don’t bring out a bottle, just use a sippy cup. You just have to keep introducing until they one day decide to eat it. You may even want to drop some of the breast feedings

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Get him or her a booster chair and feed him or her

Trial and error babe

My daughter wouldn’t look at cows milk in my house or certain foods and then she started nursery and she loves eating all sorts now and will willing ask for a cup of milk , I think she saw all the other kids doing it and thought she wanted to do the same , he might be ok once he is in there and sees other kids trying different things x

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Put them on your own plate, guarantees theyll want it


For food check out the group baby led weaning for beginners and beyonf (blwfbb.) They have lots of good resources. Also try a straw sippy cup. I have been using munchkin sippy cups since my son turned 6 months but a lot of people also like the weighted straw cups.


He will eat when hes ready. My first son didnt eat foods until 1 years old. He refused everything! Just sit him with you guys at the table. Get him a high chair. So he sees that you guys want him involved at family gatherings.

Put foods in front of ur child. Dont stress or they will stress. If they eat they eat.

Giving an option to eat is a first step!

Its not a big deal! Breastfed babies are all slow at eating!

My second child i didnt breastfeed he ate at 7 months with soft food.

My third has oral ties so he wouldnt eat until 10 months.

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Evenflo is what I used as my son couldn’t latch to breastfeed and couldn’t latch a normal bottle. They have all kinds! If he’s ready for the sippy I’d take that chance girl! It’s so hard getting them to transition to a sippy so I’d start younger! No one warned me of this and now I’m struggling myself.

Start with oatmeal or rice. I would try oatmeal, mix it with breast milk and some type of veggies or fruit.
Sit them down and just feed them.
I know it’s bad to say, but when I was getting my daughter onto real food this is how we started and i refused to give her a bottle. She needed to know there are other ways of getting a full tummy that don’t involve the bottle. Or breast in this case.
Then we started introducing snacks shortly after.
Short bread cookies, cheese puffs (really helps with teething) those rice cake teething crackers, yogurt melts.
You gotta take it slow, but you have to be persistent with it.
If baby refuses to eat the food opt for a snack.
I started this around 8 months and now all she does is eat “people” food plus a bottle here or there.
Also, when you go to the baby section to get the baby food, look into the premade little meals they have. They have breakfast ones and dinner ones.
It’s quick and easy and saves a lot of time when baby can only eat certian things.

My son would not eat the baby foods, so we did blw with him, but my other 4 I had no issues what so ever. I also do agree he will eat when he’s ready.

My daughter is 1 yr and 5 months and she barely let go of breast this month. She’s my only one too. She hadn’t drank from a bottle since she was 3 months old. And she didn’t like to eat food at all. She only picked at it. I would recommend letting the baby play with the sippy cup getting use to it. Over time he will like it. But since you are starting daycare it might not be so easy given you only have 3 months left to help him transition. The only way I was able to get my daughter to let go of breast was going cold turkey. I did feel bad because that was the only way that I knew she was getting nourished. But I had tried every other way and it didn’t work for me. I tried reducing breast feeding and giving more foods as much as I tried doing it all it wouldn’t work. I will say the first two days and two nights are the hardest you get only a few hours of sleep but it’s worth it. My daughter drinks from a cup now (with my help.) and she eats because she’s hungry. I was so afraid of starving her and I felt so guilty it hurt me. But I needed to realize that babies don’t starve themselves. If they’re hungry they will eat. She didn’t eat atleast for the first day and first night. Or drink. By the second day and night she began to drink a little. On the third day boy did she eat. Haha! Don’t be afraid momma! You got this. Your baby will be ok. Aslong as you give him all the love and hugs he won’t feel rejected. Hold him sing to him and praise him when he drinks from his sippy cup or cup. Talk to him even if he doesn’t really understand yet. Tell him that it’s the best for the both of you. If I had to send my baby to daycare in 3 months I would definitely try and get her onto a bottle or sippy cup. I wouldn’t want to have the thought that she would be hungry the time I’m away and not have the attention she needs to get through since they have many other kids to take care of.
After one week of her being off breast she has been so good. She doesn’t really ask for boob or position herself to feed. She’s slowly and surely forgetting about it and is eating and drinking good.

This comes handy for spaghetti night, and any veggies.

Idk if it’s a texture issue for your Lo.

I would put avacodo, banana, puffs, eggs, little pieces of pancakes, a waffle.
For breakfast.
Lunch pieces of steamed veggies, little pieces of chicken, bread.

Whatever we ate for dinner i offered it

Sending a bottle or 2 of breastmilk for them to use before naps may be good since baby is used to eating breastmilk regularly. Daycares are good at getting babies to do things they wont do for Mama. I would also use a sippy cup and offer it with all meals at home. 2 to 3 ounces of water with baby food helps with digestion too.
If baby ends up preferring the sippy cup, then thats ok too.

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It will happen. My son was exactly the same with the bottle and food. He’s now 15 months old and eats most things and took to the bottle a month ago and loves it. I know it’s hard and frustrating.

Food before 1 yr is just for fun. Its just to explore and practice using their hands. I would try a cup and straw as far as breastmilk goes skip and bottles. I weaned my 5 yr old off of bottles from when she was about 9 months old.

Give him a cup. He’ll figure it out and no need to start a bottle now. 360 cups are great

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My little tid bit of advice is dont even go to bottles, youll just have to break him from. I got 3+ months sippies for my bf baby and started introducing it then. Get age appropriate ones and just start introducing it

And it has nothing to do with your breast-feeding. He sounds like a typical baby. Just give him appropriate sizes of your food at meals. About two meals a day at this age. Only a few bites at a time. My baby never really started actually eating good size meals until about 18 months.

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I know it’s a messy affair - but let him play with his food and explore it - baby spaghetti hoops sat in his high chair are great for this - just keep it relaxed - let him finger feed himself - whilst he’s messing you sneak a spoonful into his mouth every now and then

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