I still worry whether my children eat enough, and when they’re little babies breast or bottle feeding and in the early years of eating, worrying whether they are getting enough is a fear many of us parents face.
Maternal Health Nurses and GP’s are the best people to check with to see if your baby or child is eating enough. Your baby will be weighed and measured as well as a thorough check of their health. If they think your baby or child isn’t eating enough, they will recommend ways of giving more breast milk, more formula, or types of food that will help give them the adequate dietary supply to maintain optimum health.
Not only do I worry if my children eat enough, but I worry if they eat enough fruit and vegetables, dairy and protein for their age – I want my children to get all the nutrients they need to be healthy, grow strong and feed their brains! My son would live on honey toast and my daughter would live on oranges (and chocolate!)
Queensland Health explains, “A healthy child will never starve his or herself, so trust your child to know when he or she has had enough.” Whilst this is reassuring advise, my children will quite often tell me they are full at dinner after only a few mouthfuls, only to tell me half an hour later they are ‘hungry’ – and this usually means they would like anything that is NOT dinner!
Queensland Health advised whilst healthy children have a natural ability to sense when they are hungry and when they are full, it is also very common for children to discover their increasing sense of power over their parents and carers when it comes to food.
“If your child seems to be living on air but is a healthy weight, growing well and generally happy and healthy, Queensland Health says to Relax this is normal!
Healthy Eating Guide
- Breastfeeding your baby is the ultimate start in life as well as having amazing benefits on the health of your baby and child.
- 6 – 12 months your baby starts food along with breast feeds. As your baby grows and more foods are introduced, 2 meals a day starting with breast feeds should be the aim, with a nice balance of pureed fruits & vegetables, protein in the form of chicken, fish, meat, dairy products like yogurt and cheese and wholegrain cereals, breads and pastas.
- 12 months – 3 years – your child should aim for 3 meals a day plus snacks that include full fat dairy like yogurt and cheese, carbohydrates of a wholegrain variety breads, rice pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables and protein that can include baked beans, chicken, tinned tuna and eggs.
- 3 – 5 years your child should be having 3 healthy meals plus snacks – Nutritional guidelines recommend Fruit 1 serving, Vegetables 2 servings, Dairy 2 servings, Protein 2 servings and Carbohydrates 3-7 servings
- Children of all ages should have fresh food wherever possible and try to avoid sugar and salt and preservatives and additives for a healthy start to life.