Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup. So I did, and I have mixed thoughts.When I told our pediatrician that Nate had some new mealtime habits - he now refuses former favorite foods, like pears & applesauce and he enjoys throwing his food over the side of the highchair tray - she recommended I check out the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The chapter on starting solids is also very informative, with a great introduction to feeding your baby "real food." Amidst the constant hokey (often forced) jokes is a good deal of valuable information on nutrition. I find there's very little warmth to it however. As my friend pointed out, you've got to go to Dr. Sears for that.
The AAP recommends breastfeeding exclusively for six months and support for breastfeeding for the first year and beyond as long as mutually desired by mother and child (while the WHO and many other nations recommend breastfeeding until 2 years of age). Yet this book, put out by the AAP, reads as though they expect that most readers will be formula feeding. There is very little mention of breastfeeding in general, and one of the only times it's mentioned is a warning that if the baby is taking in more than 32 ounces, more "food" may be in order. What really bothers me though is that there is ZERO guidance with respect to nutrition and breastfeeding after one year of age. It's as though with one side of their mouth they are encouraging breastfeeding until at least a year, but with the other side they never expect you to get to that point or give you any guidance how to do so.
My advice? Get it. But take what they say with a grain of salt. And if you want to breastfeed, also look at other more supportive sources like The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (which I have to admit I've not yet read, but La Leche League is well known for its unwavering support for breastfeeding).