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Normal Feeding-First Week of Life

4 May

“I feel like I’m constantly nursing.”

“You are constantly nursing, but it gets better.”

This is a conversation that happens consistently in my office, but happened first in my house after our first child was born. It is not uncommon for babies (especially breastfeeding babies) to need to feed about every 2 hours (occasionally more often at times during the day).  I am a big believer in demand feedings during the first week as I think it helps better establish your milk supply  and gives you and the baby lots of practice with latch and positioning.

So, after you get everything arranged; change a diaper, do the feeding, then change the big blow-out diaper, you may only have a short break before it’s time to nurse again….but this gets better.  I find that it happens about the 3rd week, when the baby start to go 3 hours more often.

Here’s what most babies are doing for their feedings during the first week:

Breast feeding-Most babies are breastfeeding somewhere between 10-20 minutes per side every 2-3 hours.

Formula feeding-Most babies are taking about 2-3 ounces every 2-3 hours.

One of the best ways to gauge if the baby is getting enough is to track wet and dirty diapers.  You should have about 6-8 total wet and dirty diapers per day.  If you’re not seeing this, it’s time to contact the doctor.

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Homemade Baby Food-An Example Food and Process

5 Apr

Here’s a meal I made recently that has been a big hit with little Hannah…

Sweet potatoes, spinach and chicken.

First, steam spinach using your vegetable steamer (should be less than $10) and boil sweet potatoes and chicken.

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Then, add the vegetables and chicken to the blender, along with some water. I use a Ninja, and I love it. It has three cups and this tall blender-like thing. The three cups come in handy when you’re making three separate dishes, particularly fruit because you can store it in the fridge when you don’t need to freeze it, and fruits are generally made in smaller quantities. I bought it at Sam’s and it was super cheap; don’t buy the super expensive one unless you’re planning on having a small army of children, or if you’re opening a smoothie company from your kitchen.

See the water line there? I added more as the blender was working. For some reason, I always add the spinach at the very end. Probably because I always forget that I need to add it, so it’s always last to finish.

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Cubed chicken in the blender, ready to go! Always put the most difficult thing to puree in first so it gets the most blending.

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Here’s the sweet potatoes and chicken blended together!

Then, I spoon this out into my favorite baby-making-food find, Baby Cubes. I know that there are other products like this, but I love these. They are BPA free so they can be microwaved if you’re in a pinch, and have a lid attached so you can easily take them with you if you’re a fan of eating out. They have a fill line so I don’t have to measure when I’m tired, and they have trays that stack so nicely in our freezer! They go in the dishwasher and I just love them! No, they don’t pay me to say this; they probably don’t even know I exist! But, I love these. I tried another brand that had lids that were separate and didn’t use them twice. I love the Baby Cubes and we’re now working on our third time through them!

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Here you go! 23 servings for about $7.00!

I also label my food because I want to make sure I know what’s what (for allergy purposes) and when it was made (for anti-grossness purposes…who wants to eat food that’s seven months old…and why are you still feeding your baby pureed food seven months after you made it???). This is where I regularly employ the help of my husband. He’s a great label sticker!

See…

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I’m sure I’ve left off so many details, and this is in no way in inclusive list of the food you can make your baby. Please let us know if you have any questions, and I’ll be sure to let you know if I come up with any new recipes!

Lastly, you may have different opinions than we do about when and how and what to feed your baby. The first person who told me to start cereals and baby foods was our pediatrician, who happens to not be the father of my children/my husband. Now, my husband shares the opinion of their pediatrician, but he chooses to not be doctor and dad. So, when we started baby foods, I asked his opinion and wanted his input, but he wasn’t the first one to tell me to start! I trust my husband completely; after all, he has to raise and live with these kids with me.  But, if you’re about to start baby foods, please talk to your doctor about it. Just get his or her input, because you’ve trusted this doctor with the care of your baby and he or she should be consulted when you’re about to give anything other than breast milk or formula. Yes, even for water! If you disagree with your doctor, respectfully say so and bring your evidence, and expect an honest and open dialogue about what you’re planning on doing. No, this blog post doesn’t count as evidence. It’s just a resource about how to make baby food for those of you who haven’t done it before. Thanks so much for indulging me. If you have my phone number, text or call me with your questions. If you’re lucky enough to have my wonderful husband as your child’s doctor, ask him about whatever you have and, if it’s about food prep, he’ll ask me. If neither of those things is true, thanks for stopping by, and post your questions or comments…or just ask your doctor. Or start using my husband as your doctor! If you trust him enough to read the blog posts, you’ll love him as your doctor. He’s truly a gifted physician and I love him; he’s a great dad who cares about what we put in our kids’ mouths and bodies. And it’s refreshing to be married to a man that cares!

This is the 3rd post of 3 in a series about how we made our own baby food for our little ones.

To see the other posts, click the links below…

1) Making Baby Food-Not Only for Granolas

2) Homemade Baby Food-What I Made and How I Made It

3) Homemade Baby Food-An Example Food and Process

Homemade Baby Food-What I Made and How I Made It

4 Apr

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So, here’s how you do it! This page can be one you just bookmark and use it as you need it. If you try to read it all now, it’s overwhelming. Don’t do it! Just read it as you need it or as you need new ideas! You only have to cook one thing every couple of days, so ease into this at your own pace!

These are the foods we use, mostly in the order we use them.

1)   Butternut squash

2)   Sweet Potatoes

3)   Spinach*

4)   Pears

5)   Apples

6)   Zucchini

7)   Carrots

8)   Acorn squash

9)   Spaghetti squash

10) Chicken

11) Avocado

12) Mangoes

13) Peaches

14) Green beans*

15) Bananas

16) Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)

17) Broccoli*

18) Asparagus*

19) Roast beef

20) Rice/Pasta

21) Turkey

*These foods are the leafy vegetables and they puree best with a root vegetable. So, once you know your baby isn’t allergic to butternut squash, sweet potato or acorn squash, puree them in with one of those. Then you can customize other combinations after you know these foods are safe.

And the list goes on. Kids can eat whatever fruits and veggies we do, so you can do whatever you want to. I started with butternut squash because a baby food book I read started with that. I agree that it or sweet potatoes should be first because they puree so well. These are sort of my “base”, if you will, for the rest of the mixes. Once you know that your kiddo isn’t allergic to any of the foods you try, you can mix any of them you like.

So, now I’ll go into how to make them all. Just read this as you need it. It’s a resource for you; that’s why it’s on a blog for you to refer to again and again.

Butternut Squash:

Butternut squash can be baked or boiled. I tried to peel it, cube and boil it, but it’s very difficult to do.  However, I do think that it purees better this way. So, peel the butternut squash (use a serrated peeler…you’ll thank me later), cut it into cubes, discard the seeds and put carefully put those cubes in boiling water for about 15-20 minutes. You should be able to stick a form in the cubes and it will be very soft. You can also bake a butternut squash, which is easier for me because it bakes while I watch other kiddos. If you choose this method, cut it in half on the long side, scoop out the seeds and fill the cavity left from the seeds with water. Put it in a pre-heated oven in a 9 by 13 pan and bake for about an hour and a half at 350°. Scoop out the flesh of the squash into the blender, add a little water and blend until very smooth. This should be about the consistency of pulp-free orange juice or a smoothie. As your baby gets older, you can make it thicker by adding less water.

Sweet Potatoes:

Wash the potato(es). Cut the ends off, peel and cube. Add them to a pot of boiling water and boil for 15-20 minutes. Separate them from the water using a slotted spoon. Save the water, add the cubes to the blender and add a little bit of the water you boiled the potatoes in. Blend. If the potatoes are too thick, add a little more water and repeat until they’re the correct texture.

Spinach:

Add water about an inch deep in a medium pot. While that water boils, add the spinach to a vegetable steamer and put it in the medium pot. Cover and let the spinach steam for about seven minutes.

Pears, apples, berries:

For fruits with “skin”, you can either peel them or not. I peeled them all first, then found that it was easier (and better for nutrition) to leave the skin on. Cube the fruit into pieces that are a little bit bigger than a sugar cube. Add the pieces to a small saucepan and add water to just over the fruit. Bring to a boil. Cover and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes. Fruits absorb much more water than the vegetables do, so take the pieces out of the water using a slotted spoon and add to a blender. Don’t add any water until you see how the fruit purees. Add water if necessary. These textures are new to kids, so don’t be concerned if they don’t like it at first.

Mangoes and Peaches:

These are a little trickier to do, but well worth it. Mangoes and peaches have to be peeled and pitted, then cut up and simmered in a small amount of water until soft. Blend them first, then add water as needed in order to get them to the proper consistency. These puree very well, so if you’re combining fruits, you can use this as your “base”

Zucchini:

You can peel these or not. No matter what, wash all food well before steaming, boiling or baking. I usually peel half of these and leave the other half alone. Cut the ends off and slice these about half an inch thick, like a cucumber in a salad. Add these to a steamer in a pot of boiling water that’s about an inch deep. Cover and steam for 5-7 minutes. Blend to puree, adding water as necessary until they’re smooth and free of chunks.

Carrots:

Wash well. Cut off the leaves and ends. Peel well. Slice these up and steam according to directions in spinach and zucchini. Blend and add water as needed until they’re pureed well and free of chunks.

Acorn Squash:

Bake this as you would a butternut squash.

Chicken:

Use fresh chicken rather than frozen. Trim and cube the chicken. Add to a large pot of boiling water and allow to boil for fifteen to twenty minutes. It’s best here to shred the chicken if possible. Either with forks, a standing mixer, however you can. Add to other vegetables and add some water. Puree and add water as necessary. Pay close attention to the consistency here. You need to fork through or spoon through before freezing to make absolutely sure there are no chunks in this food. You can also allow this to cook in a crock pot during the day instead of boiling it.

Roast Beef:

This is one that you can cook however you usually cook. I chose to cook this one in the oven, allowing it to bake according to a recipe with just water. Shred it if possible and puree with other vegetables.

Green Beans, Broccoli, Asparagus:

Wash all vegetables well. I use fresh green beans and simply chop off the ends. Trim broccoli and asparagus. I then steam them in a vegetable steamer for about ten minutes, until they’re soft and flexible. Then add them to a blender with another root vegetable.

Banana, Avocado:

These are possibly my favorites! You don’t have to cook them or freeze them! For these, I just buy them at the store, make sure they’re soft and ripe and mash them with a fork or blend them. I usually add some water to these to make sure that they puree well. So far, these have been some great additions to our kids diets!

Rice/Pasta: Cook according to package directions and add to meal of choice in blender. Check the label to ensure that these can be frozen.

Turkey: I usually buy a whole turkey breast, which bakes well. Honestly, I just add some water, cover it with foil and bake it until my meat thermometer says it’s done. I cut it up finely, and use the water from this in the blender.

On a separate note, once we get our kids used to eating foods, we add yogurt to their morning routine. I love this part because it’s all berries and fresh goodness! I start with a plain, full fat yogurt. The labels on yogurt are deceptive, so be sure to read them well. No honey or vanilla flavoring allowed! You can use Greek yogurt for the added protein, but it’s not necessary. Start with a fruit you’ve already safely tried (and you know your babe isn’t allergic to), blended in to the yogurt. Blueberries are good here. You can simmer them in water or add them fresh. That way, you’ll know if you baby is going to have a reaction to the yogurt that it’s the yogurt and not a new fruit you’ve added. Then, you can add more as you go. My kids love this, and I love starting their days off right with foods that are good for them!

This is the 2nd post of 3 in a series about how we made our own baby food for our little ones.

To see the other posts, click the links below…

1) Making Baby Food-Not Only for Granolas

2) Homemade Baby Food-What I Made and How I Made It

3) Homemade Baby Food-An Example Food and Process

Making Baby Food-Not Only for Granolas

3 Apr

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This is the first in a serious of articles written by my wife about why and how she made our baby food.

First of all, I in no way am a nutritional specialist, a granola girl or a health snob. When I started making baby food, it was for two reasons: 1) I didn’t sit well with the fact that meat was sitting on shelves in little jars, and 2) We didn’t have a lot of money and I couldn’t afford to pay for baby food! A third reason could very well be that game that women torture other women with at baby showers where you have to guess the baby food in an unmarked jar by smell. I mean, really, who came up with that game??? Torture, I tell you, especially for the expectant mom who may or may not still be suffering from pregnancy food aversions.

When I started making baby food, I discovered how inexpensive it was and how easy it was. I learned a lot about food while making Noah’s food, and I loved it! I wasn’t a girl who grew up loving to cook, but I’m learning how to be healthier. Of course, then I realized how cool it is to really know what’s in my kids’ food, and claimed that this was the reason I’d made it all along to my foodie-all-organic mom friends.

What you need to know before you start:

1) I don’t add anything to food to get my kids to eat it. I don’t use butter, salt or sugar because it’s not good for them. They’ll have plenty of years when they stuff their faces with these things, knowingly and not. So, we choose to try to get our kids used to just eating plain things, and so far, we’ve had success!

2) You don’t need a lot of fancy stuff. I’ll get into what we use, but ultimately you need a blender or food processor, pots and pans, a veggie steamer and some ice cube trays. You can choose to purchase other things, but you don’t have to.

3) Babies should get a new food every two to three days. Don’t blend a lot of purees up to get one that’s more flavorful or colorful or whatever, because if your kiddo has an allergic reaction, you won’t know what food it’s to. You need to be able to look at your baby or your pediatrician and say, “All s/he had to eat that was any different was ____________, which I started her on yesterday.”

4) For the reason above, we start new foods at lunch time or in the morning. I don’t want any of my kids to have an allergic reaction at night when we’re both sleeping and I don’t know anything about it.

5) Babies can eat meat as early as six months. Obviously, you want to puree it in with something, but we start our kiddos on lean proteins because we know proteins are good for us; we know they keep us full, we know they build lean muscle and we want our children to get used to having a protein as part of most meals.

6) Generally, kids have aversions to textures instead of taste. There’s a theory that it can take up to ten times for a baby to appreciate the texture of a new food. The beautiful thing about making baby food is that you’re generally going to have multiple servings that are all freezable, all of which are two ounces each, so you’ll have more to pull from. If you’re working with a baby who has another dish, add the new food to an old food if they initially balk at a new texture.

7) Food that has been frozen cannot be prepared and then re-frozen. Use fresh vegetables, fruits and fresh meats. You can and should freeze baby foods so that, if your baby doesn’t like the texture but isn’t allergic to the food, you can try again at a later time.

How to get started:

We start our kiddos at four months old with some sort of cereal or oatmeal. Noah started with rice cereal because we didn’t have whole grain baby cereal when he was young. With Caden, we did have whole grain, so that’s what we did with Caden and Hannah. With Caden and Noah, we mixed the cereal with breast milk. For the very first feed, we had about ninety percent breast milk and ten percent cereal, and over the next two months we increased the cereal percentage (and also decreased the milk percentage) until the cereal was about the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Side note:

The purpose of feeding a cereal starting at four months, as I understand it, is two fold: 1) You’re teaching your child how to eat with a spoon instead of a bottle, and 2) By four months of age, your child’s iron reserves that he or she was born with has depleted and they don’t usually get sufficient iron from breast milk. Formula, we now know with Hannah, is fortified with iron. Either way, if your child is forcing the spoon out of his or her mouth after a few weeks, give him or her another week. That’s a reflex that will go away, and (particularly if you’ve got another demanding child in the home…say banging his milk and throwing raisins at your head with stunning accuracy for an 18-month-old) starting them and not relenting will only serve to frustrate you!

In order to help with how this fits in to the day, I’m going to go into detail about where in our day we fit in feedings. Our kids are early risers, so we generally had breast milk/formula feedings somewhere around 6 am, 9 am, noon, 3 pm and 6 pm (and 9 pm if there was a growth spurt) by six months. So, I usually tried their first real taste of baby food right before the noon feeding. They’re starting to get hungry, and are most likely used to sitting up and being spoon fed. But the very first taste of real food happened on each of their six month “birthdays” and were well documented using video and still camera! After he or she gets the hang of real food, we replaced the evening cereal feed (usually happens whenever we have dinner, so right before the six pm bottle/feeding) with baby food. By their first birthday, you’ll need to be at three meals, snacks and a sippee cup, so you’re going to have a huge transition in a relatively short time of life.

This is the 1st post of 3 in a series about how we made our own baby food for our little ones.

To see the other posts, click the links below…

1) Making Baby Food-Not Only for Granolas

2) Homemade Baby Food-What I Made and How I Made It

3) Homemade Baby Food-An Example Food and Process

What Do I Feed My Baby? Feeding FAQs

19 Mar

One of the primary concerns about parenting a baby if figuring out how to feed him…Parents stress over this stage of life and put way too much pressure on themselves to get it right.  It’s also a very fun stage of growth and development and seeing the ugly faces they make can be very entertaining.

Remember, there are lots of different ways for doing this but this is the information I give my parents with some significant flexibility for their personal desires…

Here are some the most frequently asked questions I get about baby feedings:

When should I start solid feeds?

Pediatricians used to recommend waiting until a baby was 6 months prior to starting solid foods.  The primary reason behind this was a concern that starting solid feedings early could cause children to have more problems with allergies.  However, the studies that have come out most recently put this concern to rest and this doesn’t seem to be a problem.  Because of this, most of my families do start their solid feedings a 4 months.  However, if a family does want to wait, I don’t have a problem with it.  Here’s the way it usually goes…my first time parents are itching to start feeds asap and have usually started before their 4 mo check up.  My parents of 3 usually ask, “Do we really have to start this so soon?”

What food do I feed first?

The standard teaching for the first food is rice cereal but I have begun to recommend either whole wheat or oatmeal for that first feeding.  My thinking is that we are trying to get our teenagers and adults to eat whole grain breads so why is the first food we shove in our baby’s mouth a refined white grain.  You can mix the cereal with breast milk, formula or just water.  If you start to see some problems with thickening of the stool or constipation, you can mix your cereal with pear juice.

Start with the cereal feeds once a day.  This doesn’t really take the place of a formula or breastfeeding but can be given in-between feeds.  Once the baby gets the hang of it, you can increase the feeds to twice a day or start to progress along the other baby foods.

What do I feed next?

Something pureed and thin…I have families that really want me to prescribe for them what food should be next.  Grandparents will tell you that if you give them fruits first they’ll never eat their vegetables, no studies support this.

So, I basically don’t care what you feed first but the main guideline I want you to follow is to only give one new food every 2-3 days.  This way, if the baby is allergic to something, we’ll know exactly what it is.

Some easy things to start with are your sweeter vegetables like sweet potatoes or squash.  These happen to be some of the easier things to make if you plan to make your own food as well.  Stay tuned later this week for a guest post from my wife about making your own baby food.  I’m sure that some of her major points will be how easy it actually is and how much money it can save you.

What do I do after 6 months?

There are 3 basic goals to feeding between 6-12 months…

1) Transitioning to 3 meals a day-you can work towards and begin introduce new meals as you see fit but most children by 1 year will require 3 meals a day and a snack or two

2) Working towards table food-You can begin to place some solid foods that will soften in the mouth between 6-9 months.  Some babies will take this well and some will be slower.  If you try something and it scares you, put it away for a few weeks.

3) Transitioning to a sippy cup-Begin to offer water at 6 months in a sippy cup along with your solid meals.  This gives the baby time to learn to use the sippy cup so that we can dump the bottles completely at 1 year.

What do I do if this doesn’t work?

Remember that most of the feedings at this age are to help with the baby’s development.  Even the best solid food eaters are only getting a small percentage of their overall calories from solid feeds at the beginning.  If the baby has a bad day, it’s not the end of the world…

So, good luck and happy feeding!

My Baby Spits Up…A lot-Reflux

10 Feb

Every baby spits up…there is definitely a spectrum from the baby that spits up once in their whole life all the way to the baby that spits up every single time they eat.

So, if every baby spits up, how do I decide what is normal?

The answer to this is tricky but I’m hopeful that I can help you decide by reading further…

Studies have been done where they watch how many times a baby regurgitates milk and stomach acid by place a pH probe down the esophagus.  The answer…30 times per day.  Most but not all of these episodes were associated with milk at least making it into the mouth.

Why does this happen?

There is a muscle that sits on top of the stomach that is meant to properly relax and squeeze to allow milk into but not out of the stomach.  Unfortunately, in most young infants, this muscle is both weak and dumb.  It is not strong enough to override the pressure of the stomach pressing on it and it frequently relaxes when it is supposed to be contracting, letting stomach acid run back up into the esophagus.

So, reflux is, for the most part, a mechanical problem that is based on the pressure of the stomach and the strength of the muscle that sits on top of it.  That is why I think that the most common cause of spitting up is overfeeding.  

Often a family of a 2 month old will come in for their checkup and have questions about why their baby (who eats 6 ounces per feed) is spitting up.  The issue is that the stomach is only a few ounces big at this age and everything else that you try to squeeze into it just raises the pressure and causes the baby to spit up.

So, if it’s so common what makes it abnormal?

There’s really only 2 reasons why I will treat babies for reflux: poor weight gain or associated pain/fussiness.  So, the most common thing I will do to treat reflux is check the baby’s weight and if weight gain is good, reassure the family that they have a “happy spitter.”  

I also see babies who are consistently fussy with their spitting or that have fussiness predictably during feeds or in the 30 minutes following each feed with or without spitting up.  Some people have termed this “silent reflux” but I don’t really like that term because the screaming associated with it is anything but “silent.”  Babies can also seen to be arching their backs which is sometimes confused for seizures but is, in fact, reflux.

What do we do about it?

Many babies can be helped by just cutting back on the amount of milk they are ingesting…most babies need about 2-3 ounces per feed at 2 months and this goes up about 1 ounce per month of age after (6 ounces at 6 months).

I still commonly have families slightly elevate the head of the crib although it looks like review of the literature questions whether this is actually helpful or not so I may have to rethink this.

Studies have shown varying percentages about babies with reflux who have an allergy or sensitivity to cow’s milk protein (some studies show it as high as 40%).  Thus it is reasonable to try a short trial of a hypo-allergenic formula (Neutramigen or Alimentum).  Many babies who are sensitive to cow’s milk will also be sensitive to soy so many publications do not recommend a trial of soy but because of the expense of the hypo-allergenic formulas I will sometimes have families do a trial of soy formula first.

There have also been some reports that breastfeeding moms ingesting sea salt can be helpful for their babies reflux.  I can’t find any large studies assessing this but can’t see how it could be harmful.  I can’t find a good source that gives a dose for a formula feeding baby.

Finally, in those babies who are not gaining weight well or who are fussy with their reflux or following feeds, a short trial of an antacid medicine can be attempted to help with symptoms. There are two types of medicines that can be used: H2-blockers (ex Zantac) and PPI (ex Prevacid).  I try to remind families that neither of these medicines are meant to help keep milk in the stomach, they only change the acidity of the contents that are coming up.  So, it is likely that the baby will continue to spit.

Summary

  1. Most babies with reflux have a laundry problem and not a medical problem (think happy spitter).
  2. Limiting overfeeding is the major non-medical treatment for spit up.
  3. Medicines for reflux can be used in babies with poor weight gain or fussiness but should be used sparingly and with appropriate expectations.

To Chew or Not to Chew-Picky Eaters

16 Jan

ImageAnother complaint that I commonly hear in the office: My kid is soooo picky and won’t eat anything.  This complaint is not restricted to skinny little kids either, sometimes the parents of my average and even large toddlers and school-age children will have the same problem.

So, what does it mean?  There are very, very few medical reasons for why a child might lose his appetite.  Usually, picky eaters are trying to do one thing and one thing only…gain control.

Think about the things you decide for your toddler and young child…where to go, what to wear, where to poop and pee and when to go to bed.

They have one thing that they have control over and that is: To Chew or Not to Chew.

There are many different strategies out there to deal with this issue and I do really advocate for one over another but they all boil down to 3 basic principles.

  1. Tough Momma-“You are going to eat what I serve for dinner or you can just go to bed hungry.”
  2. Too Easy Momma-“You can have cookies and ice cream and soda, I just want you to eat something.”
  3. Tolerant Momma-“You can have your favorite foods as long as they are (relatively) healthy and you will try some new things here and there.”

I have seen both #1 and 3 work, obviously #2 sets you up for trouble.  If you child wins the battle for junk food even once, they will assume that with just the right amount of resistance and fighting, you will give in again and let them have Doritos for dinner.

So, how much should your child be eating?  The answer to this question is tricky.  There is no right amount of food for a growing child.  Children will need different amount at different times  depending on their activity level, rate of metabolism, etc.  Parents all have friends that can eat anything they want and never gain a pound but they also have friends that a pretty strict dieters and can never lose weight.  Guess what?

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Kids have different nutritional needs as well.  The ultimate thing that you can use to gauge their nutritio

nal intake is to watch their growth along a growth chart.

You can find all the types of charts based on age and gender at http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/

You can even plot it online at several sites (http://onlinegrowthcharts.com).

So, if your child is growing well…then what do you do?  Keep working with whatever plan you have chosen but be consistent.  Continue to introduce new foods as you can.  They say it takes between 10 and 15 trials of a new food before a child can develop a taste for it.  Just because they throw it on the ground (and smear it on the wall and in their hair) the first few times they try something doesn’t mean that it won’t turn out to be their favorite food in 2 weeks.

Finally, don’t give up.  If your child is not growing properly, get them in to talk to your pediatrician in order to get advice about feeding or to look into what might be causing their lack of growth.  Otherwise, keep offering foods and maintaining as much patience as possible.

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