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By Allison James, Anne-Trine Kjorholt, Vebjorg Tingstad

In exploring little ones personal daily nutrition encounters, along the ways that youth identities are built and mediated via nutrition, this booklet allows a measured and insightful realizing of a number of the and sophisticated dimensions of the connection among young children, nutrition and id.

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Finally, although many mothers reported initial difficulties with feeding ‘on demand’, the majority nonetheless constructed infants in general, and their own in particular, as expressing distinct needs which they interpreted as legitimate and which they felt obliged to satisfy as best they could. Establishing feeding: Finding routines By the second or third interview, all first-time mothers referred to finding a feeding routine (in the manner advised by current government policies) by patiently following their baby’s cues.

You know, I mean when he was younger we tried to sort of say right, we’ll sort of like give you this bottle at that time and stuff, but from the breast-feeding you couldn’t really do that anyway, like when I was breast-feeding it was always sort of him led. So I think it’s just kind of carried on really since then. (Danielle, aged 31. Nurse, living with partner) However, some breast-feeding mothers who described themselves as feeding ‘on demand’, nonetheless also described ‘front-loading’ their babies with milk in anticipation of particular events, a practice that attempted to silence the infant’s expression of its own agency in selfregulating its hunger needs.

This method of feeding babies with an inadequate sucking reflex is widely practised in UK maternity units. As the sucking mechanism required to breastfeed is different from that required to feed from a bottle, offering milk via a pipette, dropper, or cup is thought to reduce the likelihood of ‘nipple confusion’ and hence the infant subsequently rejecting the breast. Mothers are encouraged to express their own breast milk for this purpose. 10. However, the image of the ‘bonny’ baby – previously esteemed and cherished for its rounded plumpness – has become imbued with negative meaning.

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