I remember long nights sitting at the dinner table with a plate in front of me because my mom wouldn’t let me move until I ate the foods that I hated. Now I have to deal with the struggle of convincing my daughter to eat her veggies.
She’s a lot more open now, but if science had discovered that breastfeeding could help make kids less picky eaters before she was born life would have been a lot easier. A number of key moments in a child's early life have been identified as contributing factors to how adventurous a child will be once they get older.
Fifty three children were followed from birth to conduct the study was published in the journal Public Library of Science One. Mothers who breastfed or bottle-fed their babies were instructed to feed them a variety of vegetables when they started to wean for ten days.
At the weaning phase some babies were fed a diet of carrot puree while other were given more diverse diets that consisted of carrot, artichoke, green beans and pumpkin purees. When being weaned breastfed babies tended to consume more vegetables.
After years of study, research showed that by the age of six, Children who were breastfed were more open to trying new foods with a higher chance of liking them when compared to children who were given formulas.
Other contributing factors like early exposure to different vegetable and fruit flavors also increases receptiveness.