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Introduction to Feeding Strategies

Appropriate feeding strategies are integral to supporting children’s growth, development, and healthy weight. When adults use appropriate feeding strategies they reinforce children’s internal cues of hunger and fullness and children develop autonomy around mealtime and eating. Feeding strategies can help children develop a positive relationship with food that will last their lifetime.

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Child care providers can use appropriate feeding strategies with young children to create enjoyable and pleasant mealtimes. Further, when appropriate feeding strategies are used during meals the mealtime provides learning opportunities and experiences that children remember forever!