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Posted by: WRD | 2004/10/25

Q.

Baby not eating

My 9 month old does not eat very well, she only eats fruits and yoghurt, refuses any veggies, tried purity, home cooked everything! She also prefers smooth food, and vomits if we give her anything more chunky.
She's also not keen on finger foods, and will not feed herself, and also not take anyting from us.
Should I be worried? Or just leave it for now?
Also, at what time can I start giving her cow's milk - and if I can, can I change her completely on cows milk, or still give a few bottles of formula?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

At this age I will not be too worried, but PLEASE do not give her many sweet things. All children have a sweet tooth, but they definitely do not need it! Parents often enforce this unhealthy eating habit from very early on, to the child's detriment.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/25

I'm just answering on the cows milk part.

Ideally you shouldn't give cows milk until one year, but you can give yoghurt and cheese from about 9 months (I gave both earlier and my baby was fine though).

Some people say that a bit of cows milk in cereal/porridge is OK before one year, others say none at all till one year.

You can't use bottles of cows milk for baby at this age, as it is too high in sodium and does not have the correct nutrients for a human baby (it has the correct nutrients for a calf). Breast is ideal, but if you aren't breast feeding, then a number 2 formula (for 6 - 12 months) is the next best thing, as although cows milk based, it has had nutrients and vitamins and iron added to it.

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