Exclusively Breastfeeding Your Baby Now Can Avoid a Picky Eater Later

baby eating foodMaking the transition to solid foods can be a rough time for all moms. But fear not, because good news is on its way! Researchers have found that breastfed babies tend to have an easier time switching to solid foods.

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A study published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology and authored by researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and UNC College of Arts and Sciences shows that what a baby consumes in its first few months can have a great effect on their gut microbiome. This microbiome, in turn, can determine how well we can digest and process food, and eventually how easily and efficiently a baby can transition from milk to solid foods.

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The study's senior author, Dr. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, then determined the connection between breastfeeding and the introduction of solids:

Babies who are fed only breast milk have microbial communities that seem more ready for the introduction of solid foods. The transition to solids is much more dramatic for the microbiomes of babies that are not exclusively breastfed. We think the microbiomes of non-exclusively breastfed babies could contribute to more stomach aches and colic.

That's great news, breastfeeding moms! As the doctors collected stool samples and logged the diets of nine babies throughout the first 14 months of life, they were able to immediately see the differences in the babies who were nursing.

While the transition to solid foods may seem like it's still far away, it's never too early to start making the change easier for Mom and baby. This is just one little step you can take now and be ready once those new diets begin.

Have you seen an easier transition to solid foods after breastfeeding?

 

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