Babies’ taste preferences start before they are born
Did you know that Mum's diet in pregnancy can influence baby's future taste preferences?
Nov 4, 2016
Babies’ taste preferences are influenced even before birth.
Flavours in their mums’ diets such as garlic, curry, anise, banana and vanilla are carried into the placenta and through to the amniotic fluid so babies are exposed to various flavours while still in the womb.
Similarly, flavours in the diet of breastfeeding mums find their way into their breastmilk. These flavours may even influence babies’ future food preferences. As a result of this early exposure to a variety of tastes, breastfed infants get a taste for family foods as opposed to formula-fed infants.
We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies.
During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, could reduce the supply of breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, including the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.
We recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for some parents. No matter your feeding choice, Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest information to help you feel supported and confident on your parenthood journey.
As every child’s development is different, be sure to consult with your health care professional for individual advice about feeding your baby.
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