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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,981 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Celi on 12 Jan 2014
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Of course, Dr Gonzalez advocates a rather permissive approach to eating although he does state that sweets and chocolate do not need a permanent space in your kitchen cupboard, ie if you don't have them in your house, your children will not be able to stuff themselves with them and are more likely to eat your cooking. Dr Gonzalez rightly talks about parents worried that their babies do not eat solids, but why should they if they drink pints of milk?
After all, is it really that big a deal if they don't finish their plates? Yes, food may be wasted, but then what? Reduce the portions in the first place to avoid waste.
Dr Gonzalez does not talk about teenagers here but I have seen and heard of parents of teenagers complain about them not eating fruit and veg, yes you have read that correctly. (I am obviously not talking about anorexia nervosa here) At that age, honestly, whose problem is that? Yes, it doesn't affect us parents, so why the arguments?
In short, if you are looking for a book to convince your children to eat whatever you give them, then choose another book. However, if you are looking for a book to reassure yourself about your children's eating habits, and persuade them to eat some healthy food without disrespecting them, and to know about signs of illness or allergies, then look no further!
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mariakouroufexi on 12 Dec 2013
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My daughter eats nothing for real and she is 16 months old. This book helps me a lot to undertsand her and to learn what really a child needs. It makes me feel much better and releases my stress
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Burch on 17 Mar 2013
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I think it is one of the best baby books out there! My child doesn't like solid food and this book calmed all my worries.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Walker on 4 Feb 2013
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Very happy with this purchase. I hate the star char route. Bribing my child to eat seems wrong to me. We have had eating problems since my daughter was a year old and this approach has not solved them as such but has helped me see some of them in a different light and not as problems. There is less stress at mealtimes for sure. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because of the big focus on infant feeding rather than older children. I hint the cover is misleading. Also, his tone regarding breast feeding is a bit heavy handed in my opinion.
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5 of 6 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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