Cranky Infant? Feeding Isn’T The Simplest Solution

Different babies may make different demands on their parents.
“Parents and grandparents are usually open to receiving this information,” Dr. Paul said, but it isn’t necessarily provided as part of standard well-baby care.
She hailed the responsive parenting intervention as a well-conducted trial that shed important light on feeding dynamics in early life, but argued for more research on the baby side of the equation.
Among the many factors to consider is the science of how individual human beings eat and gain weight, right from the beginning.
“We found that differences between babies in their appetite have a really important genetic component to them.” For slowness of feeding, for example, genetics explained 84 percent of the variation from baby to baby; for enjoyment of food, it was 53 percent.

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