Do you recall the recent controversy over Jessica Seinfeld’s book “Deceptively Delicious?” Some people think the book is a godsend and others (myself included) think she goes a little too far to deceive her kids all in the name of sneaking a very small amount of vegetables into their food. (You can read my thoughts here).
A new study confirms what I have long suspected, breast-fed babies are more likely to like fruits and vegetables (if their mother ate them while breastfeeding) than their formula-fed counterparts. It makes sense to me. A breast-fed baby is able to experience all of the flavors of the foods that his/her mother is consuming through her breast milk. A formula-fed baby, on the other hand, is just experiencing the single flavor of the formula (until, of course, he/she starts eating solid foods).
“It’s a beautiful system,” says Mennella. “Flavors from the mother’s diet are transmitted through amniotic fluid and mother’s milk. So, a baby learns to like a food’s taste when the mother eats that food on a regular basis.”
“Babies are born with a dislike for bitter tastes,” explains Mennella. “If mothers want their babies to learn to like to eat vegetables, especially green vegetables, they need to provide them with opportunities to taste these foods.”
This makes me curious if Jessica Seinfeld breastfed her children? Anyone know?
I’m not saying there aren’t picky eaters who were breastfed, because I’m sure there are (though my kids don’t seem to fall into that category). But I am curious what your thoughts on all of this? Is breastfeeding the solution to getting our children to enjoy a variety of foods and flavors? I’d love to hear you/your children’s experiences one way or the other. Keep it respectful, please.
Yes, that is Ava at 1 1/2 yrs old enjoying some carrot soup with a carrot spoon. 🙂