Author(s): Reau NR, Senturia YD, Lebailly SA, Christoffel KK
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Abstract To fill information gaps, predominantly non-Hispanic white parents in five Chicago-area pediatric offices were surveyed concerning infant (n = 130) and toddler (n = 151) feeding times and behaviors. Feeding time distributions did not differ by age. Percentiles (in minutes) were: 10th, 9.4; 50th, 17.7; and 90th, 29.3. The most common infant problematic feeding behavior (PFB) was "not always hungry at mealtime" (33\%). Toddler PFB included "not always hungry at mealtime" (52\%), "trying to end meals after a few bites" (42\%), "picky eating" (35\%), and strong food preferences (33\%). Toddler picky eaters ate more slowly (means 23.3 vs 19.7 minutes, p < .04). Toddlers with recalled PFB at 6 and 12 months ate most slowly (mean 37.5 minutes). We conclude that: (1) infants and toddlers who take >30 minutes to feed are slow feeders; (2) reports of behavioral feeding problems are common in toddlers and are related to slow feeding; (3) and these data can guide clinical care and future studies.
This article was published in J Dev Behav Pediatr
and referenced in Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health