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Carlos González
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Book Description

14 Feb 2012
Parents everywhere worry when their baby or toddler doesn't seem to eat as much as they think he should. Carlos González, a paediatrician and father, sets those fears to rest as he explores the reasons why a child refuses food, the pitfalls of growth charts, and the ways that growth and activity affect a child's calorific needs. He discusses how eating problems start and how they can be avoided.

Carlos González reassures parents that children know how much they need to eat and explains why a parent's only involvement should be providing healthy food choices. Forcing a child to eat more than he needs can only lead to tears, tantrums and, eventually, even obesity.

Questions the author answers include:

  • Why won't my child eat?
  • How much does a child need to eat?
  • Why don't children like vegetables?
  • When should my baby start to eat solid foods?

Second edition, revised by the author.


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Product details

  • 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 (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,184 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 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not that big a deal, not worth the battles 12 Jan 2014
By Celi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpfull book 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best baby book 17 Mar 2013
By Burch
Format:Paperback
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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By JMac
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars No more worries about eating! 21 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
A fantastic book!

I read this book when I was concerned that my eight month old son wasn't weaning and eating well.

This book offers very clear and informed advice - "don't worry, it will happen, just don't force your child to eat, trust your child"

I was left feeling reassured and confident that my son will eat and will eat as much as he needs.

It promotes a very instinctive and caring style of parenting (supports attachment parenting), would recommend it to anyone to read, wish I'd read it before I had my son.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but title is misleading! 5 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars DEFINETLY WORTH A READ
This book gave me some very good, if slightly controversial advice. Things have improved a lot in a relatively short period of time by changing my attitude instead of trying to... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
An amazing book, very reassuring. Has allowed me to relax completely and I'm not sure if it's a coincidence but my daughter has eaten really well ever since I started reading it!
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars pragmatic
This book has sound and pragmatic advice on feeding children, especially on the way in which we feed them. It should be on every new parents reading list
Published 3 months ago by deborah cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars A book recommended to every parent :)
Although my daughter eats without problems from the very beginning, this book was a great help, because she always gained too little weight. Read more
Published 8 months ago by dionysia
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation
This book should be given out to all parents as they're leaving hospital with their newborn babies. I read it just as I was introducing solids with my son and there's been so many... Read more
Published 11 months ago by sjroberts
4.0 out of 5 stars helped me learn to relax about my baby (not)eating. would recommend...
I knew in my heart to trust my baby's appetite but was still riddled with anxiety about him not eating at home (despite nursery thinking he was a good eater). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Muriel Munki
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent should read this
This book was liberating! I've always aimed to be pretty relaxed about what my children eat and never considered either of them problem eaters but reading this boom lifted a great... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. L. K. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book!
I loved this book and the writing style of Carlos Gonzales the pediatrician and author. His approach was so reassuring and helped to put my faith back in my child, and in my... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alyson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have ever worried about whether your child is eating enough,...
I honestly think all parents, maybe particularly mothers, would benefit from reading this book. The author explains scientifically why your child simply doesn't need to eat as... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rebecca Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful defence of children
Like the other book by Dr Gonzales, Kiss Me, this book reminds parents that their children are people as well, and deserve to be treated with respect when it comes to eating.
Published 19 months ago by Lappi girl
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