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Appetite. 2011 Jun;56(3):629-32. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.02.015. Epub 2011 Feb 24.

Toddler-feeding practices among Mexican American mothers. A qualitative study.

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Nutrition Department, University of California, Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616-8669, USA.


Little is known about toddler feeding practices, particularly among Mexican American mothers. A convenience sample of 18 Mexican-American mothers with toddlers participated in individual in-depth interviews. In determining what to feed her child, mothers tended to cater to the child's preferences rather than exposing the child to different foods or repeating attempts to feed previously unaccepted foods. In deciding when to feed food or beverage, more than half said the child's cue was primary. Findings indicate that an indulgent feeding style may dominate compared to other styles in the toddler developmental stage in Mexican-American mothers.

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