MS, RD, LDN
Janel holds a Master’s in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University. As the recipient of the 2010 Massachusetts Young Dietitian of the Year award, she believes in making healthy eating simple, sustainable, and delicious.
Did you know that your baby’s taste preferences begin to develop from exposure to foods and flavors while still in the womb? While pregnant, your baby gets a “taste” of the flavors you eat through the amniotic fluid. This exposure to the foods you eat continues during breastfeeding, as traces of flavor from your diet transfer to breastmilk. What you eat, your baby “eats” – and baby can start developing a preference for fruits and vegetables while still in the womb or breastfeeding!
Think about choosing a variety
of food as well as a variety of herbs, spices, and cuisines. When choosing
vegetables and fruits, aim for as many different types and variations as you
can (the more color variety the better), to ensure your baby’s exposure to a
wide range of nutrients and flavors.
The below meal and snack ideas
will help you (and baby!) have a varied, flavorful diet.
For more on this topic, check out the following articles and recipes:
Supplementing | Nutrition
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