Ways to get Kids to Eat Healthy Foods, Part 2


In my last post, I mentioned that pregnant moms can begin to influence their child’s food preferences by eating the foods during pregnancy that they want their children to like eating later on.  Breastfeeding works the same way.

In addition to the many other benefits of breastfeeding, if a baby is breastfed he will learn to enjoy the foods his mother eats.  What a nursing mom eats flavors her milk the same way it flavors her amniotic fluid; so a nursing baby will get to sample the flavors of the foods his mother eats.  So, eating healthy food while nursing will not only cause breastmilk to be full of the nutrients baby needs to grow, it will also teach baby to like the flavors of healthy food.

In addition to breastfeeding teaching a child to like healthy foods, it also teaches a child to enjoy variety.  Unlike formula that tastes exactly the same every time it is mixed, the flavor of breastmilk is different at each feeding according to the foods the nursing mother eats. 

I know some of you may be thinking, “But my kids are already preferring not-so-healthy foods!  How can I help them enjoy healthier food?”   In my next post, I’ll share some tried and true ways of helping children through the transition to eating a variety of healthier foods– without tears or battles at the dinner table.

Stay tuned…

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