What do polite grandparents do when we feel the newest born is undernourished? We have no right to intrude, but they stayed with us for a week over Thanksgiving and that baby is undernourished and too small for coming from two statuesque families. The mother breast feeds, but she NEVER eats. How do we politely voice my concern without loosing our son and his new family?
–Concerned Grands, Manhatan
Not wanting to create bad memories of the holiday, it sounds as though you were sensible enough not to express your concern at that time. If you were her mother, you could tell it to her as it is by questioning her: Why aren’t you eating better to give your baby the nutrition he needs to grow normally?
You could have gone online and Googled recent articles on why it is extremely important to eat well nutritionally while breast feeding at this stage – and any stage – for the brain and physical development of the newborn. You know what, you need to confront your son and the mother head on and demand to know why the baby is not being fed more nutritiously.
You are not going to be at rest until your son and the baby’s mother explain why they are “starving” their baby.
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