I once swore that I'd never pressure my baby to eat. I honestly never thought I'd do it. I have read how dammaging it can be, and how it can lead to all sorts of food related issues down the road.
But I think I've been pressureing my 13.5 mo ds to eat lately. He doesn't seem to like veggies at all anymore, and often will also refuse meat and fruit. He used to eat beans and seemed to love them, but now he just spits them out, even when he was the one who put it in his own mouth. It seems like if he had his way, all he'd eat besides breastmilk is cheese, yogurt, breads, pasta, crackers, rice, and cereal.
I've tried tricking him into eating veggies, but he's getting so smart, he usually figures it out.
Also, where is the line btwn encouraging a child to eat and pressuring him to eat?
It's so frustrating because he'll yell and reach for the fridge as if to say he's hungry, but will outright refuse to eat what I offer him.
Some days, he pretty much nurses like a newborn because he didn't eat much if any solids. Not that I mind nursing him; in fact, that's one thing I can't ever feel guilty about feeding him "too much" of.
And I keep getting such mixed messages about what and how to feed him. I keep hearing, "Don't try to force your child to eat;" children who are allowed to choose what to eat and how much are healthier than children whose caregivers pressure them to eat. But then I also hear it stressed over and over again how important it is for children to be eating a ballanced diet, especally including vegtables and fruits. But if all he'll eat is grain and dairy, should I really just keep giving him that until he fills himself up on two food groups?
So, for the expert moms who've been there, help please?