Earlier tonight my wife and I were in distress because our daughter refuses to eat. My wife called her mom who started telling her we were not trying the right things to get her to eat and did not know any better; I turned to the internet, namely WebMD and Google. At first it seemed Sophia may have an intestinal issue, but keeping true to troubleshooting protocols you always try the more simple things first. After an hour of research I asked Coco how much milk she had given Sophia today, 3 bottles roughly the same amount of 36 ounces plus water and some juice. Our daughter is 15 months old this week, very tall, loves to play, and seldom complains or shows any symptoms of a stomach ache but she is under weight. The research is pointing to too much milk. Sophia has little interest in food, other then playing with it. She is starting to want to feed herself, which is understandable. I did not know that at 2 kids are supposed to be off the bottle, so it seems we need to cut back on her milk/formula then alter the times we give her a bottle allowing her to have an empty stomach and be more receptive to eating.
We will have to see how well the advice on the many parenting bulletin boards I read was. It makes sense to me, children have much smaller stomachs, higher metabolisms, and find bottle feeding much easier and less effort on their part. It has been hard to be away from her for so long and many of the things parents experience we have not so it ups the stress levels when things don’t go according to our expectations. I am hopeful the old troubleshooting axiom of ‘problems most often require the simplest solution’ holds true and we just are not up to her feeding needs for her age. The next challenges will pale in comparison to this, getting her to understand English, listen when we tell her ‘no’ in what ever language we say it, and to enjoy taking naps or going to sleep. Less calorie fluids until she eats, then some milk for nap time and bed time, and smaller but more frequent meals/snacks over the day and hopefully she will start to eat more, drink less milk/formula, and her appetite should develop and feeding her will not take 2 to 3 hours and chasing her all over the house and fighting with her just to eat half a bowl of rice soup or noodles.