October 31st, 2006

Small babies

I was born at 3.5 pounds, about 3 weeks early, with growth retardation. I had to be tube-fed for the first two weeks of my life, and have always been a tiny kid. As my mom put it, babies are supposed to be able to breathe, suck, and cry when they're born, but I lacked the ability to suck - I basically had to be taught to eat as a newborn.

I was a bit of a picky eater as a kid, but not an extremely picky one. I was always underweight. And then once I became a teenager, I developed an eating disorder. I do think that this must have something to do with it.

Anybody else here born at a low birth-weight or had trouble eating as a baby/toddler? Do you think that there's any connection between that and your eating disorder?