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My Child Won't Eat!: How to enjoy mealtimes without worry [Paperback]

Carlos González
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Book Description

14 Feb 2012
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

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. My Child Won't Eat includes mothers' stories of the anguish and torment they have gone through in trying to get their children to eat.

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 Carlos González answers include:

  • Why won't my child eat?
  • How much does a child need to eat?
  • Why don't children like vegetables?
  • What does it mean to breastfeed on demand?
  • 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: 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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 A Gift For Life is published in 2013.


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20 of 20 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpfull book 12 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book! 15 Jun 2013
By Alyson
Format:Paperback
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 instincts. There is no formulaic answers in the book, no descriptions of how to cajole or bribe your child to eat. Gonzales puts children at the centre of his work and makes simple and logical suggestions that make perfect sense when you take away the pressure and social expectations we get burdened with as parents. If you offer what is essentially a healthy balanced diet and allow your child to eat what they please when they please you cannot really go wrong. We get into difficulty when the options we give arent healthy, or when we try to put our will on the child to eat as we demand destroying the sensitive hunger/satiation signals that are inbuilt. Its hard to let go of the social pressure to control and take charge of our childrens diets but for our family at least there are so many benefits of trusting my son to dictate his own food requirements and to remove the negative associations and stress that can become associated with eating and potentially last a life time. A fantatic book and well worth a read!
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be confident and trust your child 18 Feb 2013
By Tonks
Format:Paperback
This book is just amazing. It will fill you with confidence, not only in yourself but in your child and their phenomenal ability to eat what they need when they need it. In this current climate with obesity rates on the rise it is vital that children are not over fed and eat only what they need when they want it, this book gives you the confidence to trust your child.
Gonzales writes with such ease incorporating both humour and sarcasm, you could read this book in one sitting. It is extremely informative with to scale diagrams to really emphasis certain points.
This book covers birth, breastfeeding (The author is very pro breastfeeding), bottle feeding, weaning and childhood so although this book would be a great read when you are pregnant it will still be a great, informative read at any stage. It is a must read, I cannot recommend this book enough.
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Becki O
Format:Paperback
Fantastic book. Such a shame the new edition isn't available till Feb and existing one is so hard to come by.
Poor title, as it talks a lot of sense about infant feeding too and is the sort of book all mums should read before starting weaning rather than only discovering it once they've hit problems with a child that 'won't eat'.

It won't provide any magic solutions to make your child eat, but it will explain why you needn't worry about lack of appetite and slow weight gain, suggest how not to get into battles over mealtimes, and help reframe your ideas about what a child should be eating / how an infant should be feeding/gaining weight.

As a Doctor and a mother of 2 I think this is by far the best parenting book I have read so far and would be handing copies out to all my mum friends if I could get hold of some!!
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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 1 month ago by dionysia
2.0 out of 5 stars Returned for refund
After reading few pages,I decided that reading this book will not answer my question of why my child - baby 5 months old, won't eat and what does the author suggest to make him... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris.T.
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 4 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 5 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 8 months ago by Mrs. L. K. Francis
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 12 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 13 months ago by Lappi girl
4.0 out of 5 stars My Child Wont Eat
An excellent book which clearly sets out a common sense approach to reasons why infants prefer not to eat, and why this is perfectly normal and developmental. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rachel Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great perspective, really helped me to chill out about my child's...
This has really helped me to look at my child's approach to food in a different light, one that is making our lives much happier. Read more
Published 14 months ago by KathyJean
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