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My Child Won't Eat: How to Enjoy Mealtimes without Worry

My Child Won't Eat: How to Enjoy Mealtimes without Worry

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By (author) Carlos González

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  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780660057
  • ISBN 13: 9781780660059
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Sales rank: 12,814

Product description

Parents everywhere worry when their baby or toddler doesn't seem to eat as much as they think he should. Carlos Gonzalez, a paediatrician and father, sets those fears to rest as he explores the reasons why a child refuses food, the pitfalls of growth charts, and the ways that growth and activity affect a child's caloric needs. He discusses how eating problems start and how they can be avoided. My Child Won't Eat includes mother's stories of the anguish and torment they have gone through in trying to get their children to eat. Carlos Gonzalez reassures parents that children know how much they need to eat and explains why a parent's only involvement should be providing healthy food choices. Forcing a child to eat more than he needs can only lead to teats, tantrums, and eventually, possibly even obesity. Questions Carlos Gonzalez answers include: Why won't my child eat? How much does a child need to eat? Why don't children like vegetables? What does it mean to breastfeed on demand? When should my baby start to eat solid foods?

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Author information

Carlos Gonzalez, a father of three, studied medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and trained as a paediatrician at the Hospital de Sant Joan de Deu. The founder and president of the Catalan Breastfeeding Association (ACPAM), he currently gives courses on breastfeeding for medical professionals. Since 1996 he has been breastfeeding correspondent for Ser Padres (Being Parents) magazine. He followed the success of My Child Won't Eat, with the bestselling Kiss Me!, published for the first time in English by Pinter & Martin.

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By Alyson Wills 15 Jun 2013 5

I loved this book and the writing style of Carlos Gonzales the pediatrician and author. His approach was so reassuring and helped to put my faith back in my child, and in my instincts. There is no formulaic answers in the book, no descriptions of how to cajole or bribe your child to eat. Gonzales puts children at the centre of his work and makes simple and logical suggestions that make perfect sense when you take away the pressure and social expectations we get burdened with as parents. If you offer what is essentially a healthy balanced diet and allow your child to eat what they please when they please you cannot really go wrong. We get into difficulty when the options we give arent healthy, or when we try to put our will on the child to eat as we demand destroying the sensitive hunger/satiation signals that are inbuilt. Its hard to let go of the social pressure to control and take charge of our childrens diets but for our family at least there are so many benefits of trusting my son to dictate his own food requirements and to remove the negative associations and stress that can become associated with eating and potentially last a life time. A fantatic book and well worth a read!

By Jil Manning 02 Mar 2012 5

This book is absolutely packed with examples of parents' fears and worries about the eating habits of young babies and children...if you are worried about your child and food, the chances are that the situation, and its remedy, is described in Carlos Gonzalez' book.

He takes you right back to the basics, demonstrating how children have an innate ability to regulate their own intake according to the needs of the body. This is such a reassuring book, but has a very strong message about the importance of enjoyment of food for the growing child's wellbeing, well into future life, and the need for parents to offer a selection of healthy foods...nothing more.

Gonzalez puts it all into perspective; are you on a feeding schedule? How would you like to be forced to eat? He separates out the nutritional problems from the psychological aspects of food as punishment and reward.

I have learned a new way of looking at some well-known but fascinating facts from this book, for instance, mammals learn the flavours of foods their mothers eat through her breast milk, hence the reason babies might reject 'baby food' but are keen to try the food mum is eating. This is an absorbing book, and highlights a very basic and important part of bringing up a child in this day and age of anorexia, obesity and McDonalds.

Review quote

"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

Table of contents

Are there any children who do eat? How it all starts Your child knows what he or she needs What not to do at mealtimes Feeding guides An Experiment that will change your life Breastfeeding without conflict Bottle-feeding without conflict Solid foods: a touchy subject What the health care provider can do Frequently asked questions A bit of history What if we were forced to eat?