I had a pediatrician who made the comment about one of my children: “If he doesn’t want to eat, don’t feed him.” I believe the doc was implying that my child was overweight.
My babies started out a bit on the scrawny side, at about 4 ½ pounds each, and 18 ½ inches long. They were 6 weeks early, but did well. Once they figured out how to eat (a common problem with preemies), they haven’t stopped.
I NEVER played those “airplane” games, or any other games with my kids once they had learned to eat. I took home one of my exam stools from my office. I lined the boys up in their high chairs. I had one bowl and one spoon.
Whoever was on the left got the first spoonful. I moved down the line. By the time I got to the end, the first guy was ready again. When the mouth didn’t open, I figured the little “monkey” – er – “angel” was finished eating, and skipped him. When no more mouths opened, we were done. Mouths and fingers got washed, they got down and we went on to the next thing.
I guess you can imagine the look on my face when the pediatrician said what he said. Force feed a child? Who on earth had time for that???????? What was he thinking? I believe my jaw hit the floor! It still makes my brain hurt.
I was never so happy as when they figured out how to hold a spoon or hit their mouths with those Cheerios!