Breast Milk Flavor May Affect How a Child Eats

Breast-feeding advocate and professor Miriam Labbok has different advice if more studies confirm the link between food preferences and flavors in breast milk.

"Generally speaking, that's why we have always thought that babies have preferred cuisines of their culture," said Labbok, who is also the director of the Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"In a way, it confirms, that when you begin adding in solid foods, that the family foods are better," said Labbok. "What the mother takes in, the child experiences, it's one more way for the child to become part of the family."

Labbok has never seen any studies on breast milk and flavors, but she certainly has heard anecdotes about it. "I think that's kind of neat," she said. "You always hear these old wives' tales; well these old wives are pretty smart."

Radha Chitale from the ABC News Medical Unit contributed to this report.

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