Expanding your Child’s Palate and Reducing Behavioral Issues

21 July 2012 / 1 comment
Category: Baby Issues

After giving birth to my first child I had the same concerns all new moms have. Five years later, after my second child was born, my concerns were a bit different. This time around, some of the concerns I had about my child have changed. Some of the minor ones have dealt with whether or not my second child will be a picky eater. This is because around the age of three, my first child, my son, suddenly became a picky eater. I became concerned because my son’s refusal to eat certain foods has become so extreme that I am often worried about him getting all of his nutritional needs met. Not to mention the fact that his eating habits have made mealtimes more of a battle with him and less enjoyable.

I recently saw some news that suggests bottle fed babies are more likely to be picky eaters. The same studies that produced this information suggest babies who are given only breast milk for at least the first six months of their lives have more diverse palate. My son was bottled fed, so this information led me to believe that there has to be some truth behind this research. This information also reaffirmed my commitment to breast feed my daughter as long as possible.

The studies conducted on this subject suggest breast fed children are not as picky because of the variety of tastes they experience through breast milk. Breast milk changes in taste depending upon what the mother has consumed. Therefore, mothers who eat a wider variety of foods expand the taste experiences of their babies.  This means mothers have toddlers who are more adventurous eaters. This is not only helpful in terms of terms getting children to try new foods, but in terms of meeting nutritional needs. When children are more open to trying new foods, they are more likely to eat a well-rounded diet. This means their health and growth will not suffer due to a lack of nutrition.

There is even research which suggests children who are breast fed and are not only less picky, but have fewer behavioral issues. Scientists are even looking into the link between breast feeding and the ability to reduce ADD and ADHD. Children who have been breast fed for six months to one year are suspected to be less likely to develop these learning disabilities. All of this recent research makes me feel even better about my decision to start breast feeding with my second baby.

Women who are thinking about eating a more diverse diet to expand their baby’s palate need to keep a few things in mind. First of all, eating foods such as sushi should be avoided due to the potential of presence of mercury. Others foods which should be avoided are unpasteurized cheeses and processed foods. All foods which may have been exposed to high amounts of pesticides or other chemicals should also be avoided. This is because these foods can cause breast milk to have high levels of toxins.


Written by Stefanie Prinkles

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