The Question: Do infant feeding practices affect picky-eating behaviors in preschoolers?

The Study: This study looked at the self-reported responses of 129 mothers of preschool-aged children. Questions were asked about breastfeeding history, when solids were introduced into the children’s diets, and the pickiness of the children at the time of the study.

The Results: The children who had solids added to their diets before turning six months old had 2.5 times higher odds of being a picky eater than children who had solids introduced after six months of age. Exclusive breastfeeding led to a 78% decrease in having specific food-preparation methods, 81% less likelihood of food rejection and 75% decrease of fearing new foods.

Comment: This is another study that supports the benefits of breastfeeding. What’s not known is if the effect is due to breastfeeding exclusively or due to holding off solids for at least six months. More studies are needed.

Read More: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 09/11

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From issue: 28/03-04