It looks like food intolerance to me. I was really hoping to avoid this and kind of denying the signs, but it’s getting hard to ignore.
When I started on E2 on solids, we began with mashed banana — it is a popular choice as a first food and had worked well for E1. She loved it, but it immediately resulted in some terrible nights due to painful guts keeping her (and me) up to all hours. So, I quickly moved on to mashed avocado, but there was no improvement — if anything, it got worse. After a week, I couldn’t take any more sleep deprivation and stopped the solids altogether, and we went back to breastfeeding.
But, a girl’s got to learn to eat sometime, so we tried again a few weeks ago. So far, we’ve tried rice cereal, carrots, sweet potato, mango, and broccoli with great success. A happy baby at lunch time and — more importantly — a settled baby at night. Thinking that perhaps her guts had now acclimatised to solid food, I decided to try avocados again and so, yesterday, I mashed her up a beautiful, creamy, pale green cupful.
She ate it up with excitement and greed. Good, I thought. I really want her to be able to eat avocados because they are so full of goodness and it seemed, so far, that it was going well. The rest of the day was normal and happy.
But it started to fall apart as we neared bedtime. She became the baby she was months ago: arching her back, crying desperately for no apparent reason — even delatching in the middle of a perfectly peaceful feed to let out a scream — and unable to settle for hours on end. I carried on feeding her and late into the night, she finally — finally — fell asleep. I put her in her cot and got myself into bed.
Thirty minutes later, she broke the night-silence with an ear-piercing shriek, and was up again, weeping inconsolably. I had to hold her arms forcibly still and sway for another 20 minutes before she surrendered again. It was such a struggle and all so familiar.
It would appear avocados do not agree with her …or her guts. I think perhaps it’s a food intolerance, and that means we’ll have to tread carefully as we try new foods. Avocados, bananas… what is it about those two that bother her so? And what other foods might be similar that we had best avoid? We have a follow-up appointment with the pediatrician next week, so I will try to discuss it then.
But today we retreated to the safety of carrots and broccoli. And I hope for a better night, for both of us.