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Expert panel: Nutrition

So many parents write to us wanting to know how to introduce solids and how to get their fussy eater to expand their palette. These are some of the questions our nutrition expert panel receive every day. If you have a question about feeding your little one then take a look at our archive of previously answered questions. Or, why not ask your own question and have the answer shared with other readers who might just have the same concerns as you.

Please note questions are not answered live. If you are at all concerned about your health or your bubs contact your doctor immediately.

Questions about Nutrition

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Leann...
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Hi Sh`von, Sounds like your little one has completely changed her weight pattern. Bottle/formula-fed bubs do tend to be plumper than breastfed ...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, It is reasonably common that by the end meal toddlers and young children are over food (although most will make room for supper if off...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, You know I think there would be few mums out there who could say they have no regrets as a parent, most of us have made choices that w...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Amanda, Yes sounds like he is putting you to the test. On the issue of the constipation, you don’t mention water but you might like to...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Kylie, Just out of interest how did she go with lumpy food as an infant? If there was a problem there it could be central to getting her pas...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Karen, Yes the ideal amount of food at each meal is very vague, but deliberately so. The range of intake for a meal from one bub to another ...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, I have to confess to being somewhat conservative when it comes to cow’s milk and toddlers. Guidelines suggest 600mls of milk pe...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Kathy, It sounds like you are both going fine! If you bub drinks what he is offered then that is what he is likely to need, they are very go...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Natalie, Yes it is fine; as you say if it is stored correctly and also only in the fridge for a night (if it is for a child) or a night or tw...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Nicholle, Congratulations, very exciting, hope you and bub are sailing along well! Yes both fine – things to avoid are soft cheese (pa...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Evelyn, I really sympathise with you, breastfeeding as you say is such a lovely connection and bond. Keep in mind that there can be many rea...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, It is a common question about milk, I find it interesting many children refuse to drink cow’s milk and with increasing questions...

Answered: 15 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, Yes, interestingly enough I hear of enlarged tonsils reasonably regularly in relation to fussy eating, its amazing what influences chil...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, Perhaps firstly trial each individual ingredient at this age to check for a reaction. Baby will be about eight months I would imagine ...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi Katie, It sounds like your bub needs help with textured food. I would suggest talking with the gals at No Fuss Feeding (website of same name)...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, I am not exactly sure what is at issue here, but if he had such a bad gastro that he was hospitalized then this is your main focus, per...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi Melissa, I have two thoughts in mind, firstly that he may need to visit a paediatric speech pathologist or have a talk to the gals at No Fuss ...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi Jo, If you could get her to have a little yoghurt or cheese or even a slice of toast with a topping which has a bit of protein then go for it....

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, My second was a bit the same, it took him till 11-12 months before he really decided water was okay. Personally I believe it is a matt...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi Rebecca, Not sure what the age of your son is, but I am guessing he is about 2ish? Even small amounts of things like coke and lollies aren&rs...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, The recommendations tend to suggest about 600mls a day at the most, but even this can be too much sometimes. Problems can arise from e...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Hi Tania, There is a good chance that shortly he will revert, yes there is hope. It is quite common for fussy eaters to come out if it around 10...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi Anne, It sounds like you are in a bit of a corner; I really do understand I used to breastfeed my boys to sleep. I have to confess to not bei...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, Well you have done a great job, generally once they are on solids you can stop sterilising bottles. If you have a dishwasher you can j...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, Fussy eating really does hit once they become knowing toddlers. Of course it is a phase, but it doesn’t mean it will pass anytim...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Hi There, It can very confusing with people saying different things, probably one of the best things to keep in mind is firstly that even governm...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, As long as you are offering him breast first and then solid you can generally follow baby’s lead on this. Breastfeed bubs are ve...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, You are right to want to wait a bit longer, I have popped in some info on the introduction of cows milk which is under increasing quest...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, It can be a real trick getting toddlers off bottles, if he really objects to you putting milk or a calcium-fortified milk drink in a si...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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Leann...
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Hi There, Fussy eating can heighten around this age, but I am wondering if the formula and cows milk (which in particular is very energy dense an...

Answered: 22 Dec 2007
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