Does Mom’s Diet Make A Difference In What Your Kid Likes to Eat Later in Life?
Good question! A study was just published to try to unpack the evidence. The study answered a few big questions about the impact of food on the taste of breastmilk, if baby cares and then if there were any implications for the kids’ future. Here are the highlights:
Do Foods Impact the Taste of Your Breastmilk and Does Your Baby Care?
Yes. The short answer is yes! Some foods do impact the taste of your breast milk and your baby does care. The evidence to support this is limited to just a handful of foods. These are alcohol, anise, caraway, carrots, eucalyptus, garlic, and mint. So not only does the flavor change, but your baby notices it. Not just that, but your baby will also recognize these tastes again, and that is also pretty cool.
Why is this cool?
People are interested to understand this question: Do the foods you eat now as a breastfeeding mom influence what foods your kid will enjoy eating later in life. A recent study, called a systematic review, just looked at all the research that was done on this topic.
Not too fast
But not all foods make a change. Other studies in the review looked at fruit flavoring, tea and fish oil, but there was no evidence that the taste changed. We also know what a child eats 10 years from now is a combination of a million different factors, including your feeding style, what they like, but also what’s available for dinner.
We know that there is a flavor window between 6 months and 18 months where your baby is more open to try new tastes and textures. After that they sorta lock it down to what they know. We believe this research is important because it tells us you can introduce these tastes through your breastmilk. As is life, there is no magic bullet for most things, including to prevent picky eating. But! As a start, try to eat some more anise, caraway, carrots, eucalyptus, garlic, and mint.
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