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Breastfeeding for 3-5 minutes and feeds every hour

The beauty of breastfeeding is that it’s a pretty self-regulating process and that mother and baby adapt to each other quickly. Speaking from experience, I had two very different babies. One would ...
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Is organic whole cow's milk better than "toddler milk" powder for a 1 year old?

For most children, cow's milk (organic or not at your preference) will be the superior choice. Whole milk is usually recommended from 1-2 years old, although there is starting to be some preference ...
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How much soup is a baby expected to eat?

At this age, we supplemented breastfeeding with about 4 ounces of soup plus some fruits and veggies per day. Keep in mind that this is just a single data point and and not a statistical sampling or a ...
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Toddler daughter will not eat meat or eggs

Children can have a vegetarian diet, certainly, and in some cultures often do. My youngest adopted a vegetarian diet at around 5, so quite a lot older than yours, but some of the same concepts apply (...
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A boy at school told my 8-year-old daugther she had fat thighs. How to boost her self-esteem and make her eat healthier?

In terms of eating healthily, you need to practice what you preach. Do you have unhealthy foods in your house? If so, why? If, for example, you eat ice cream several days a week, why is it a bad move ...
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Effective ways of learning nutritious foods, nutrition and balanced diet

Basically: have a healthy diet in your house! At mealtimes and during cooking, talk about the food, how good it is, and if you want to go into details, about how it has vitamins, good fat, fibre or ...
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How to get toddler to eat eggs?

After reading Ellen Sattyr's book "How to Get Your Kid to Eat but Not Too Much" our policy is: 1. One dinner is prepared, everyone (baby/toddler included) gets a plate with appropriate portions, and ...
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Strategies for getting toddler to eat more iron

Few things you can try are: Make sure he's getting enough vitamin C which helps with Iron absorption. Limit dairy with meals as calcium in cow's milk inhibits absorption. Make him a smoothie out of ...
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Can eating fruit snacks cause behavior problems the next day?

Sugar does not cause hyperactivity. However, if a kid learns from his parents that he is expected to be hyper after eating sugar, well, you can guess what will happen when he gets sugar. Even with ...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

"Considering that Matthew's craving for sugar is relentless, intense and has been ongoing for years, is it possible that his craving represents a legitimate nutritional need?" I've never heard of ...
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2 1/2 year old boy, hates meat, and most veggies

Most kids will eat fairly well and self manage if you set the right boundary conditions and stop making a fuss about it, which makes it into a an attention-grabbing power struggle. Things that can ...
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Vitamin A dose for 7 month old

Please see the full text of the review by Imdad et al (2017) for the benefits and side effects of the supplementation. This review (and my answer) does not address recommendations for areas without ...
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A boy at school told my 8-year-old daugther she had fat thighs. How to boost her self-esteem and make her eat healthier?

How to boost her self-esteem and make her eat healthier? I don't think you can do both at once. Your goals seem mutually exclusive to me, especially if stated in the same sentence (meaning these two ...
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Can eating fruit snacks cause behavior problems the next day?

There are lots and lots of reasons to restrict the processed sugar that kids consume, but behavior problems the next day isn't one of them! There was a comment that your wife is looking for something ...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

As an adult I recently overcame my sugar-habit by drinking copious amounts of zero-sugar cola every time I felt the craving coming on. Sometimes I would drink 2 litres a day. Of course I became ...
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Are there any benefits or downsides in "flexible" food time?

The main benefit is that in our society, people are expected to eat at mealtimes. Sometimes people who eat in class, or at their desk, or on public transit are perceived as being odd or rude for doing ...
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Are there any benefits or downsides in "flexible" food time?

I suggest that you let them eat when they are hungry rather than just at the times most people eat. After I started doing this, I rarely get indigestion. YMMV. You could establish "conventional" ...
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Does feeding breast milk from a bottle convey the same health benefits as nursing?

I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned! While there is no difference in health benefits between bottled breast milk and nursed breast milk in the case of a single feeding, there would be a ...
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How to get toddler to eat eggs?

I'm 25, and I love eggs, but I hate the texture. My solution is I eat them in toast. I cook them over-easy so the yolk is still runny, and then I mash the whole thing to pieces with my fork. After ...
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How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?

I am really surprised no one mentioned Kathryn Dettwyler who has researched exactly the idea of what is normal for weaning in mammals & compared that to humans. She uses data such as age of ...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

Did children (humans) have access to refined sugar in the last several million years? Obviously not, they mostly only had a rather limited supply of fruit sugar. So, absent any special medical ...
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What is the best milk fat content for a toddler aged 2?

Dr David Ludwig and Dr Walter Willet published a 2013 opinion column in JAMA Pediatrics that questioned the value of recommending low-fat or skim milk for children. While much of the article is behind ...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

From the outset, I am not a scientist, and have read a bit about sugar and diet to try and understand things better. What follows is my understanding about sugar. There may be some mistakes here, but ...
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Strategies for getting toddler to eat more iron

Iron Sources (see also link) dried herbs beans and pulses fortified cereals bran sun-dried tomatoes artichokes prunes tempeh vital wheat gluten whole wheat bread dark turkey meat chicken leg and ...
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Effective ways of learning nutritious foods, nutrition and balanced diet

I basically told my kids that there were certain types of foods that gave their bodies things that their bodies needed to grow strong and to play. There were other types of foods that taste great, but ...
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