Yes, you read it right, my infant, Amana, is a picky eater. I don’t even know where it came from.
Amana just turned 10 months this past Saturday, and she’s still exclusively breastfeeding. When I try to get her to eat food (baby food or table food), she firmly rejects it. I’ve tried several different types of fruit and vegetable baby foods, grain cereals, and baby snacks, but she shows no interest.
I think it’s a peculiar situation because Rhyse and Rhyan were eating baby food at 4 months, and AJ was eating baby food at 5 months. My mom even said that I started eating baby food in my early months. So, naturally, I thought my sweet mini-me would follow the same path.
I’ve noticed when Amana prefers table food. When she does show interest in eating, she wants to eat what everyone else is eating. I’ve successfully fed her smashed rice, smashed beans, mashed sweet potatoes, and small pieces of bread. After seeing that she has no interest in baby food, I stopped trying to give it to her.
I try to be consistent with encouraging Amana to try new foods. Since she likes tablefood, I try to eat at least one thing that she can have. While I’m eating, I make sure to offer something to her. If you watched the video, you saw how she responds to food when she does eat it, yes she makes that face no matter what she tastes. So I try to eat my food with cheer and enthusiasm, because I want her view of food to be positive.
As many you who have and are breastfeeding know, it is no easy task being being a food source! Although breastfeeding is convenient (in my opinion), it can be somewhat time consuming. Amana’s nursing times haven’t spread out that much, so as she’s getting older, I feel like the demand isn’t getting easier. I do a lot of work with my hands, so it is more difficult to multitask with her in my arms, because she’s very inquisitive and easily distracted (while nursing).
For some reason, I find myself getting much more sleepy when I nurse my daughter, than when I nursed my sons. Some days, I can’t make it through the day without a nap! I know it has something to do with the hormones, but it’s a struggle. With an active toddler like AJ, taking a nap isn’t always doable.
Even with the challenges of exclusively breastfeeding my daughter, I’m learning to find the sunshine in it. I think it’s special that my one and only daughter prefers her mommy’s milk above all else. I have always loved the bond that breastfeeding creates, and I’m thankful that Amana is not in a rush to move on from it. As I look at my boys and how fast they’re growing up, it’s nice to be able to hold on to the joy of having a baby. I know not long from now, I’ll be able to look back on this unique experience and feel proud and happy to have had a picky-eating infant.
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