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My DD is a boob-aholic and she nurses all day and night STILL at almost 20 months. She doesn't eat much food. She is above average in size and obviously is fine nutritionally, but I want to sleep at night! I'm not sure how to get her to eat more food and less breast milk. Part of the problem is that I only offer her healthy food. I'm sure if I offered cookies she would eat more, but that's not an option for me. We are doing no processed sugar before the age of 3 (at least), no fried foods, and no juice.
I would offer food before nursing and give her a "grazing" plate (Dr Sears talks abotu this in his nutrition book) to pick and choose what she wants to eat. Also, i find that there are really good, filling foods like nut butters, hummus, avocado etc to fill her up on with good fats.
Toddlers like choices. I like the grazing plate idea. You can fill it up with crackers, toast points, fruit, and meats and have different things to dip it in. If she seems to want to eat more of one thing than the others, just add a bit more of that to the plate. Think tapas!
I find that letting my 17-month old feed herself, even the messy stuff, keeps her interest longer. She will eat finger foods and get board quickly. But if I let her dip her spoon or fork into some baby food or my food from my plate, she'll eat much more.
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Last edited by Lala78; March 30th, 2012 at 05:41 PM.