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

Virginia Chaidez, Marilyn Townsend, Lucia L. Kaiser

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-632
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Indulgent feeding
  • Latinos
  • Mexican-American
  • Qualitative research
  • Toddler feeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Psychology(all)


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