food and in conversations about food.
A healthy feeding relationship
starts with baby’s first feedings, with
parents learning and responding to
their newborn’s hunger and feeding
cues. When baby is breastfed, dad can
encourage mom and comfort baby before
eating and burp baby after feeding.
When a baby is bottle-fed, parents can
equally share feeding.
When baby moves on to solid foods,
mom and dad need to be involved in and
responsible for what, when and where
If one parent is not keen to cook, they
can be involved in family meals by
planning meals, taking the kids grocery
shopping, setting the table or helping
Also, the family’s main cook needs to
avoid micromanaging or criticizing the
family’s occasional cook. Every cook
has a different way of putting a meal
together. Women have often been the
main cook, but that’s changing in more
and more families.
Armstrong recommends parents
offer their children a variety of
foods and snacks on a regular
schedule so children can develop
good eating habits. And when it
comes to quenching thirst, water is
the best choice.
Get the kids involved too, she says.
Invite them to choose and try new foods,
let them help with the shopping and
making simple meals—it sparks their
interest in food.
The benefits of both parents feeding
their child from an early age can last a
lifetime and go well beyond the kitchen
and mealtimes. |a
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