As soon as weaning starts, all parents start their adventure in to the unknown, with the best of intentions. But so much can influence how successful we are on that journey, here is one Mum’s story which remind us all we are not alone.
“Feeding a fussy child is emotionally draining. My son had a great appetite from birth and throughout weaning, loving pureed fruits and vegetables. What happened? He now survives on a limited diet of pizza (but categorically no green stuff included) bacon rolls, fillet steak, breakfast cereals, bread and chicken nuggets.
I fluctuate between blaming myself for failing to be strict with him when he began to be very selective. Through to I couldn’t have done anything different. My daughter just 18 months older has a diverse palette – eating fruits de mare through to salmon, stir fry and loves broccoli. My son is stubborn and would rather go hungry than attempt to eat a food he doesn’t want. I can hear you saying yes well you just weren’t strong enough or determined enough but at what point should I have forced a food he clearly couldn’t stomach? His food thing is not him just being awkward he has a genuine issue with textures and appearance; he manages well on school and sporting trips as he navigates his way around a menu.
His poor diet and limited food choices are a real worry but I cannot and will not force him to eat foods that will upset him or put him off at least trying alternatives. Instead I gently introduce him to different foods that I feel he can cope with and never put him under pressure to eat foods. He surprised me when he agreed to try a thai green curry as long as I could arrange the restaurant to serve just the chicken and a little sauce. He ate it up and I could see that he felt it was an achievement. Good friends encourage him to try different foods when at their homes but never push it too far. I am sure that he will continue to be willing to explore foods at his own pace and in safe environments. Until then I manage by preparing different dinners and taking time to nurture his food choices as much as possible to help him.”