“I’m a registered dietitian, I have two small children (who eat totally different from each other, one picky, one adventurous), and I support and practice the DOR. I have been having some pretty heated (ok, it’s probably just me) conversations with some of my coworkers (not dietitians) about the feeding relationship. I feel like in trying to describe the DOR, I end up getting defensive and maybe a bit pedantic. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. ” -facebook...Read More
Any time I can find science that doesn’t freak people out, and in fact calms fears, I am thrilled. When formerly demonized foods/nutrients like eggs, salt, coffee, or whatever are rebutted, I jump for joy. For a long time, I’ve been skeptical about the low-fat/fat-free dairy push and hype. Not only skeptical, but worried with the obesity panic that one year-olds are put on skim or low-fat milk and are not getting enough fat. When my daughter was in Kindergarten, she was teased by...Read More
Feeding tip: wiping a child’s face, and growing empathy. How does the “feeding machine” make you feel?
I was watching a Charlie Chaplan movie this weekend, and saw this clip of a feeding machine (to boost productivity for factory workers so they could eat and not miss work…) It made me incredibly uncomfortable, so of course, I want to share it with you. With his exaggerated movements and expressions, CC comes off childlike; his eyes open in anticipation of the food, he is distressed when he can’t get away, or keep up with the pace, or when the “blotter” comes out of...Read More
Feeding tip for sensory or selective eaters: Where to place food so not to trigger immediate refusal
When I went to the home of a nine-month old who was “refusing to drink,” I saw a lovely girl: smiling, bright, and interactive. While sitting in her high chair, the mom repeatedly tried to hand the girl the sippy-cup—putting it in front of her, trying to put it in her hand. The little girl batted it away, pushed, and cried, getting increasingly upset with every attempt. We sat back, and I suggested mom put the cup just within reach at the far side of the high chair tray and then...Read More
Over the winter break, I went sledding with my family. I watched an exasperated father waiting while his young son tried to climb up the slippery steps, sliding down repeatedly. Every time the dad tried to lend a hand, or a suggestion, the boy shrieked, “I do it!!!!!!!” while swatting the father away. While folks waited somewhat patiently behind him, we watched this happen over and over; both boy and father becoming increasingly upset until the dad finally picked him up and...Read More