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My Child Won't Eat!: How to Prevent and Solve the Problem (La Leche League International Book)
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After I read this book, I gave it as a present to one of my friends, and I am ordering 2 more! Excellent book!!!
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's eye opening and comforting for new moms,who are constantly obsessing over how much their child eat, or doesn't eat.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The message of the book can be summarized in one sentence: "the child self-regulates the amounts and variety of foods he/she eats". Read morePublished 2 months ago by DidiV
A very good resource for parents who want to follow the baby led weaning philosophy. Book emphasizes that children should be trusted to self regulate how much to eat and what to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sneha Tammineedi
This book changed my life. I have approached feeding my toddler and meals in a more positive and calm manner. I highly recommend this book.Published 5 months ago by Brittany Kessler
The message is pretty simple but sometimes you need a whole book to help the message really get through to you. Read morePublished 8 months ago by L.A. Yeung
This book has really helped me to stop worrying about amount of food my child eats.Published 8 months ago by ANet
This book really helped me a ton. And of course as my attitude has relaxed now my son is more interested in food. And when he is not, I'm ok with that too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robyn M
Really really educated us in terms of feeding out picky eater. Thank youPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer