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Child of Mine

By Ellyn Satter

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Format: Paperback / softback, 536 pages, 3rd Edition
Other Information: b/w illus
Published In: USA, 01 July 2000
Widely considered the leading book involving nutrition and feeding infants and children, this revised edition offers practical advice that takes into account the most recent research into such topics as: emotional, cultural, and genetic aspects of eating; proper diet during pregnancy; breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding; introducing solid food to an infant's diet; feeding the pre-schooler; and, avoiding mealtime battles. An appendix looks at a wide range of disorders including allergies, asthma, and hyperactivity, and how to teach a child who is reluctant to eat. The author also discusses the benefits and drawbacks of giving young children vitamins.

Table of Contents

Feeding Is Parenting; Your Child Knows How to Eat and Grow; Understanding Your Newborn; Your Feeding Decision: Breastfeeding or Formula-Feeding; Breastfeeding Your Baby; Formula-Feeding Your Baby; Feeding Your Older Baby; Feeding Your Toddler; Feeding Your Preschooler.

About the Author

Ellyn Satter MS RD CICSW BCD, is an internationally recognised authority on eating and feeding. She is an author, trainer, psychotherapist, and eating therapist with more than 30 years' experience in helping people of all ages learn positive and natural ways of becoming competent with their eating.


"A wealth of practical and solidly researched information for parents and professionals of all levels of experience. [Satter's] casual, personalized writing style engages the reader and transforms potentially confusing and technical data into understandable and applicable guidelines. It is quite a relief to finally read such a rational, healthy approach to child nutrition." --Journal of Pediatric Nursing "We recommend this book for its superb nutrition information, particularly the discussion of solid foods and toddler eating." --Journal of Human Lactation "This is a uniquely comforting, now-I'm-on-the-right-track sort of book...a warm, sensible, professional and expert approach to what is, after all, a universal set of situations." --Family Journal "An excellent source of solid nutrition information. . . . it espouses a philosophy of moderation and common sense that fosters good health, good eating habits, and, most of all, a loving relationship between parents and children." --Washington Post

EAN: 9780923521516
ISBN: 0923521518
Publisher: Bull Publishing Company
Dimensions: 21.56 x 14.02 x 2.9 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Rosemary on
In some ways I enjoyed this book and in others it was hard going. The author is an American dietitian who went on to do further training in psychotherapy. A central premise in the book is the ‘division of responsibility’ in feeding, whereby the adult is responsible for the what/when/where of food presented to the child and the child is responsible for whether and how much they eat. The author believes that if one truly respects this division and responds to the cues provided by the child, there would be no difficulties or battles around feeding. This message is reiterated again and again throughout the book, which can become a bit much.

What I found useful in the book were feeding case studies of infants and children and topics such as how to tune in to non-verbal cues from the infant; how physical, emotional and cognitive development affect feeding behaviour and details of oral-motor development and how this affects the ability to eat.

This is a long book (535 pages) and the writing style is ‘dense,’ by which I mean I found it hard at times to extract the main points in the mass of information presented. The author uses few subheadings and does not seem to always flow logically from one topic to another.

The nutrition advice may be seem by some as too liberal, as the author believes so called ‘treat’ foods can be a regular part of a healthy diet and excluding them can lead to the problem of them being overemphasised and craved. There are some useful guidelines here, with details on infant and toddler portion sizes and food ideas.

Overall, this is a useful book for a detailed overview of feeding infants and preschool children, which has thorough referencing and numerous appendices.

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