We can all use some inspiration once in a while! If your child is a picky eater, know this: your worth as a mother is not measured by how much food your child eats.
When others pressure the mom to make a child eat more, it can actually HURT the child’s ability to develop healthy eating habits. Why? Because it affects the mom’s ability to practice RESPONSIVE FEEDING.
Responsive feeding is based on the child’s appetite and hunger cues. It is the best way to encourage healthy eating habitsand lower the risk of obesity later in life. Read this excellent article from the American Academy of Pediatrics on responsive feeding for babies and toddlers.
Feeding is not just about the intake of food. It is a SOCIAL activity. During meal times, your toddler learns:
✔️fine motor skills
Force-feeding will interfere with responsive feeding. It will also interfere with learning these important skills. The stress from force-feeding will also turn what should be a happy family activity into a stressful one. So don’t force your child to eat. If you have any concerns about your child’s growth or weight gain, discuss them with your pediatrician.
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