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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd; 2nd Edition edition (Aug. 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780660057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780660059
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on May 2 2014
Format: Paperback
I think this book was written specifically for mothers (not fathers) who believe that their baby/child doesn't eat enough, and who try to literally force-feed them. Because the title is 'My Child Won't Eat', I bought the book because my 11 month old won't take solids at all, and the book was recommended to me by a La Leche League leader. Unfortunately, there were only 2 pages (pages 141-142) that pertained to children who actually don't eat.
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By Andrea on Sept. 22 2014
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re-affirms not to stress out!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Put my mind at ease. July 17 2007
By Crys M. - Published on
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.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Amazing book! April 11 2006
By Yekaterina Mcguire - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!!!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
MUST-READ book for parents of slow-gaining babies. April 6 2010
By J. Chendea - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Listen to what your child is trying to tell you! Nov. 21 2008
By Mama Bean - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best. Book. Ever. Jan. 30 2012
By M. Brisson - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.

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.