Our expert says:
According to the latest edition of my nutrition handbook, "Infants and toddlers have an innate ability to regulate energy intake. Parents should understand the cues of hunger and satiety.." (Krause 2011). The important thing for parents is to learn to interpret a child's hunger signals. If your lassie was restless yesterday because it was hot or she was uncomfortable or she wanted attention or to be picked up, and NOT because she was actually hungry then feeding her every time she displays a change in behaviour may cause overfeeding and weight gain. It is also important not to give a small child large portions. In general, 1 tablespoon of infant porridge and/or pureed fruit or vegetables per feeding is more than adequate. If you are already giving your child a whole bottle of Purity at a feeding, then this may also cause weight gain. So try to allow your child to use her inborn ability to regulate her own energy intake. She is after all, still receiving adequate nutrition from her bottle feeds. It is also important to monitor your child's weight, so that if she suddenly starts to gain weight rapidly, you know that you are overfeeding her and can adjust her food intake.
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