My Child Won't Eat!: How to Enjoy Mealtimes Without Worry Paperback – Aug 16 2012
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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
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Carlos Gonzalez was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and studied medicine in Barcelona. He is a husband and father of three and also a paediatrician. He teaches breastfeeding courses for health professionals, and writes books and magazine articles on child rearing for parents.
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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.
This book is full of reassurance about why what your child is doing is totally normal.
The best part is probably at the end of the book : the history about child's nutrition and feeding since the beginning of the century ; how we went from an exclusive BF until 12mo, to an introduction of solids at 2mo in the 70's, back to introduction at 6mo nowadays... and why it may still change on the way forward. (and from there, why doctors' opinion is not set in stone and your intuition is probably better !!)
This is a book all moms should read, specially if they breastfeed, plan to breastfeed, or have to fight their pediatrician about BF and solids.
And of course the one advice to keep from the book : NEVER force you child to eat. Never make him eat, in any way, under any circumstance, for any reason.
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