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My Child Won't Eat!: How to Prevent and Solve the Problem (La Leche League International Book)

4.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0912500997
ISBN-10: 0912500999
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"This splendid and easy-to-read book presents a common-sense approach to one of the biggest worries of parenthood. Dr. Gonzalez reminds us that children know a lot more about their nutritional needs than we give them credit for and that the problem is almost always ours, not theirs." Gill Rapley, co-author of Baby-led Weaning: Helping your baby to love good food --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Carlos Gonzaìlez was born in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1960. He is a husband and father of 3 and also a pediatrician. He studied medicine in Barcelona, Spain. He originally came in contact with La Leche League in the late 1980s, and it changed his life and his career. He is currently a member of the La Leche League International Health Advisory Council. He teaches breastfeeding courses for health professionals, and writes books and magazine articles on child rearing for parents. Mi ninÞo no me come was originally published in Spanish by Temas’de hoy (1999), with a revised edition published in 2004. It is also available in German and Italian. La Leche League International is proud to be publishing this popular book in English.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Before purchasing this book, I was going insane tryng to get my daughter to eat. Since reading this, I feel more at ease with her eating habits and no longer do I stress if she doesn't want to eat or eats very little. I recommend this book if you too need some reassurance about your child's eating habits and even if he/she doesn't have any issues, this book can help to prevent them from starting.
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I have a 21 months old toddler who prefers Mommy's milk to any other food. I love nursing him, but I was a little bit concerned about his weight gain. I bought this book with a hope to get some strategies on how to make my baby eat:-) Instead, after I finished reading this wonderful book, I decided to stop worrying about it completely! There is right time for everything, and we need to trust our toddlers just the way we trust our babies in their eating preferences.

After I read this book, I gave it as a present to one of my friends, and I am ordering 2 more! Excellent book!!!
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This is an absolute must-read if you have ever been told your baby was in the lower percentiles on the growth chart, "failing to thrive," or to wean your baby or supplement with formula because of those problems. I've heard a rumor that it's being reprinted, and I hope that's true, because right now it's selling at its cheapest around $40 to $50.

However, I can't emphasize enough that if you've had any problem with your child's weight gain, THIS BOOK IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD. Dr. Gonzalez is a pediatrician in Spain, and his perspective could save you so much anguish if you feel that you have to force your child to eat.

Also, I found it immensely useful as someone who counsels breastfeeding mothers. The information about what, exactly, is in mother's milk, and how the baby "orders" exactly the composition he or she wants from mother's breastmilk on the spot to be truly enlightening.
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I recommend this book for any parent who has questions on feeding their child properly. It is extremely reassuring that you as the parent knows best. You can tell the pediatrician and your in-laws to take a hike on most feeding trends, because they are just that: trends. The order and timing of the introduction of solid foods to babies is widely variable across cultures, so you can be sure that if you give fruits before veggies instead of vice versa, you will not have done irreparable harm. And the change in recommendations over the past few decades just goes to show that any consensus on the subject will be short-lived.

Above all, the author tells us, follow your child's lead and do not force, coax or cajole him into eating something he is not interested in. All too often, we as parents are convinced by outside influences to override our own instincts, as well as our babies', with tragic consequences. Becoming in-tune with nature's way and our children's needs is critically important to their well-being. Responsible parents who are interested in nurturing healthy children from the start should also read Healing Our Children: Because Your New Baby Matters! Sacred Wisdom for Preconception, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting (ages 0-6) by Ramiel Nagel. You will be glad you did.
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I got really excited when the book "My Child Won't Eat" got re-edited at the beginning of February. I had heard a lot of good of the book. And boy is it a good book !

I wish I had this guy as a pediatrician !!

He explains everything that is to know about babies nutrition and food (that includes breastmilk) intake :

- truths and myths about growth charts ; how to read them ; how to use them ; for instance, how a child that is in the 5th percentile is totally NORMAL ; how what's important is how much is gained, not the weight that is achieved (and how there are charts for that !!) ; how your child can change percentile and it's also totally OK (because by definition, a chart is an average, with people above and under, and when you look at one curve, it may be made of 2 babies, one that was above then under, and one that was under then above) ; how baby's weight should be looked at every month up to 6 mnths, and then every 2 months (looking weekly or byweekly is counter-productive) ; etc

- what does it REALLY means, "not to gain well" (and the medical definition of "failure to thrive") ;

- how, if your child is "not gaining well", how it's going to achieve NOTHING to stop breastfeeding, start solids, or supplement ;

- how, when you think you child is NOT eating, actually, he is ;

- what does it mean to nurse "on demand" ; why you should not watch the clock ;

- why the order of introduction of solids does not matter ; why BF babies refuse solids up to 8, 10 mo, sometimes later, how it's not a problem ;

- why babies lose their appetite around 1 yo and why they eat the same at 18mo than at 6mo ;

- why you ARE making enough milk.
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This book is fantastic. It is very readable (almost conversational) and makes total sense. It is a must read for every parent who worries about their child's diet, their relationship with food, about their weight gain. I really wish that all pediatricians and family practice doctors would read it too!
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