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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.; 2, revised and updated edition (14 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780660057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780660059
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carlos González, a father of three, studied medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and trained as a paediatrician at the Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu. 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.

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My Child Won't Eat! is an excellent book... The sections on breastfeeding and weaning are superlative!... If you buy one book about feeding your baby and toddler, buy My Child Won't Eat! and you will not be disappointed.--Anne Coates, Parenting Without Tears

This splendid and easy-to-read book presents a common-sense approach to one of the biggest worries of parenthood. --Gill Rapley, co-author of Baby-led Weaning: Helping your baby to love good food

Empowering... My Child Won't Eat! is good news for many anxious parents around the world who are raising a child with little apparent interest in food. --New Beginnings (La Leche League)

Empowering... My Child Won't Eat! is good news for many anxious parents around the world who are raising a child with little apparent interest in food. --New Beginnings (La Leche League)

About the Author

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 2012 in English by Pinter & Martin. His breastfeeding book Breastfeeding Made Easy is published in 2013.


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By westwoodhughes on 17 Aug. 2008
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Reading this book has made me totally reassess how I feed my son and has taken the stress out of family mealtimes. The key messages in the book are:
Never force your child to eat
Offer him healthy food
Trust your child to eat what he *needs* to eat
I am now much more relaxed at mealtimes and my son actually eats more, with no tears or tantrums. Thoroughly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Anna G. Hughes on 5 Mar. 2012
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I really do think this book is great but I think the title is misleading. It should be called 'how to prevent your child from not eating' It is probably best for expectant parents or those with newborns (as the author actually points out himself!) as it goes through how attitude to food included breast-feeding from the very beginning can influence your child's eating habits.

As the mother of a child who I thought did not eat much for her age according to many other recipe and baby meal planning guides, i was completely reassured by this book as it set out reasons why not to get worried about the amount eaten because the growth rate slows down as babies get older and many other reasons. I was perhaps expecting recipes that your baby is sure to love and other tips but really what I found was a way to change my attitude about my child's eating habits and not to worry! I also loved the fact that many of the reasons for typical rejecting food behaviour were just down to basic mammal behaviour. A great read, especially for parents with younger babies.
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This is a fantastic book.

My daughter is now just coming up to 18 months. I started weaning her onto solids at 6 months but she barely ate a thing for MONTHS. She refused to be spoon fed, wasn't massively interested in finger foods, and seemed to survive on thin air and milk. I would watch my friends kids of the same age gobbling down bowlfuls of grub with gusto while mine just chucked hers on the floor and smeared it in her hair. I had to listen to my Health Visitor telling me when my daughter was 7 months old that she should be eating 3 meals a day by now when she still wasn't eating ANYTHING at all. I couldn't help but worry, despite the fact that she looked the picture of health and was bang on the average height and weight for her age.

Then someone recommended this book to me and reading it really helped me not to worry so much. She was probably about 7-8 months old by the time I read it and whilst it didn't completely eliminate the worrying, it definitely helped me to relax and trust that my daughter knew what her body needed and that if and when she needed to eat she would do so without me having to try to force her. It also made me realise that trying to force / cajole / trick her into eating could do more harm than good and the best thing I could do was back off and let her get on with it (or not). So that's what I did (or at least tried to do most of the time!).

By 9 months she would still only eat blueberries. By 10 months she had expanded her repertoire to include natural yoghurt, black olives (I kid you not) and the occasional tomato.
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By Yo on 26 Mar. 2015
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I begin my review with this quote from Dr Montessori, because, as the saying goes, great minds think alike, and this book written by Dr Gonzalez couldn't be more in tune with what his colleague Dr Montessori has said. I find Dr Gonzalez's approach to baby and child feeding very inspirational, because it presents everything in the context of a parent-child relationship. The latter is perceived by some as patronising or judgmental towards parents. On the contrary, I think that this is what makes sense, because I've always believed that mother nature has created human beings with the potential to develop and thrive and it's the parents job to ensure the right conditions for that to happen. What doesn't make sense to me is all the anxiety around baby/child feeding, especially the question of how much the child eats/should be eating - how would human species have survived by now if human babies had the natural tendency to starve themselves? Babies are born with innate instincts that dictate them what they need and unlike us, adults, they follow them unquestionably, they are not influenced by artificial social norms or stereotypes, which are later introduced by parents, neither are they manipulative or spoiled, which are again popularised social dogmas, invented in the adults’ world for the adults’ convenience. Therefore, I agree with the author that if there is a problem with a child's eating, where there is no valid medical reason for that, then there must be something wrong in his environment, which is usually set up and in the control of adults.Read more ›
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Fantastically reassuring book on how and why children eat the way they do. This is not a guide on how to make your child eat; it is more an educational tour of research and history to show parents that they need not be concerned if their child does not want to eat - so long as they are gaining adequate weight for their age and they are otherwise healthy. It was useful to read about how this concern for children eating well emerged fairly recently and partly due to a move towards formula rather than breastmilk (which meant that children had a few more nutritional problems to overcome and hence why doctors where more likely to be involved). I also found his guidance on growth curves very reassuring. They are simply statistical artefacts, and one should not worry too much if the child does not follow the curves exactly.
The book reassures parents (especially mothers) on how they should trust their instincts even when faced with misguided diagnoses from health professionals (who very often have not had updated training on child nutrition and are likely to make recommendations against those agreed on by expert bodies like WHO, UNICEF, Paedriatric research societies...).
Finally, it stresses that there are cases where children do not eat because of genuine health issues (infections, allergies) and it advises to seek expert help rather than explain what to do. This book is therefore only for parents with concerns about eating that are rooted in lack of information/awareness about child nutrition, rather than due to serious illness. It does give you guidelines to tell the difference though and seek help.
I enjoyed the tone of the book - it does make some metaphors I do not quite agree with but I've taken the irony and sarcasm in the spirit of what he intends to convey.
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