My Child Won't Eat
It's a good read if you feel like your child subsists on some milk, air, and a couple cheerios.
Interesting excerpt. I've always tried to follow the mantra that the child is in control of what/how much they eat, the parents control what is offered.
It's hard sometimes because weight/growth seems to be a big "competition" in the mommy world. Everyone seems to want their kid to be in the 90th+ percentiles, except, that can't happen.
My son is somewhere around the 10th percentile and I'm actually pretty happy with that. He's easier to carry.
I found the bit about food not really driving growth unless a child is malnourished really interesting. Really, food can make my child fatter, but it won't make him grow taller faster. And I don't think most kids need to be fatter.
LOL - yea sometimes I long for a smaller kid.
On the flip side, my LO is heavier, and sometimes it worries me because his height is just average, so weight/height ratio is like 98th percentile. But he self-feeds and definitely lets us know when he's done/not interested (either feeds the dogs directly or just throws it on the floor) so I just let him do his thing and hopefully his growth going forward will be more in the height area. We are strict with food - no sugar, no processed foods, etc. and he loves meat and veggies and fruit, and still nursing, so I know he's eating healthy. It's just funny because I feel like we have the opposite problem - my kid won't STOP eating lol.
One thing I found especially interesting in the excerpt, and I wonder how much he goes into it in the book, is our bizarre relationship with food. The whole idea that more = better.