After successful completion of EBF, my baby boy has refused to eat any other thing. We have tried different types of food like home-made pap, custard,
Dr Aina Johnson


Patience is the key. I often joke with new mums that they should add Patience as a middle name. Another good one is Perseverance. Don’t be quickly give in when the child refuses the new food after the first attempt. You may have to offer your child a new food 10 or 15 times before he will eat it. Yes!!! Please be patient. You may even have to revisit already abandoned one and you may be surprised it will now become accepted!
Offer 3 to 4 healthy food choices (that your child likes) at each meal.
Research shows that children will choose a healthy diet when they are offered a selection of different healthy foods. Don’t force your baby or toddler to eat. I know this is hard for some parents to take though but it is actually counterproductive to force-feed the children. This often results in children refusing the food and eating less.
Remember: Mealtimes are about more than food. They are a time to connect with your child and to support her overall development. Talk with your child during meals and don’t let her eat alone. This helps build strong family relationships. Also, Create routines around mealtime. Routines make children feel loved and secure. Establish regular meal and snack times beginning when your child is 9-12 months old. Routines help children look forward to each meal.
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