Ever since Little Lady was born it’s been a challenge to feed her. Whether from breast, bottle, spoon or fork, this has been our major struggle. She is many wonderful things, but “good eater” is not one of them. Because she’s inherited my lovely chubby cheeks, people think she’s just fine, but I completely disagree.
On the week that she turned 1, Little Lady realized that she was in control. Gone were the days of mommy shoving a bottle into her mouth to try and get to that magic 16 ounce minimum of formula. Gone were the days of tricking her into opening her mouth for an extra spoonful of oatmeal. She could shake her head ‘no’ and purse her lips shut. She decided that she didn’t want to drink anything for a week and there was nothing I could do to change her mind.
Since that week, it has been an on again off again struggle to get her to eat/drink what I’ve read to be the recommended amount of calories per day for a one year old. In case you’re wondering, that number is 900. I’m pretty sure Little Lady maxes out at 500. But maybe I’m underestimating. You be the judge. Take a look at what she typically eats for breakfast, morning snack, and lunch.
She pretty much just ate blueberries for the first 6 hours of her day. Sigh…
Now here’s lunch:
Now, I’ve read a few things stating that forcing a child to finish their food causes eating issues down the line. So what’s a mama to do? No, seriously…I have no idea. I’m pretty much letting her dictate when she’s done eating, but that is not coinciding with the whole recommended calories thing. Should I trust that she knows when she’s full? Or should I try to coax her into taking one more bite? For now, I’m just going to buy some more blueberries.