Re: Should I be offering food more often?
It depends on the toddler in question. At this point breastmilk still supplies complete nutrition and is capable of filling a large part of a toddler's calorie needs- remember, until around a year breastmilk can supply ALL of a child's nutritional needs. And toddlers have a slower growth rate than babies, so it's not like their calorie needs are just going up and up and up. I think they actually dip slightly after a year!
-How important is food other than breastmilk for the nutrition of a 17 month old?
I'd want to offer solids at least 3x per day. Don't feel like you need to do complete "meals" every time. Sometimes a handful of Cheerios or a cup of yogurt is all your child needs/wants. Having the solids opportunities occur at the same time of day is totally not important.
-How often should I be sure to offer?
-Am I lazy for not offering the food more often?
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