Study: Many infants and toddlers are not being fed healthily enough
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a study on infant and toddler feeding.
The study says that most kids are not given what's considered best for them.
The study looked at kids eating habits and a lot of the things that are thought to set kids up for a lifetime of good eating habits.
That included everything from breastfeeding to what foods are first offered to young children when they start to eat solid foods.
While the study found that there have been some improvements, many kid’s diets continue to fall short of current feeding recommendations in several areas.
The study found that not enough children are breastfed exclusively in the first months of life and 60 percent of kids 0-5 months old get no breast milk at all.
They did find that there was not as much solid food given to kids 0-5 months and so, the suggestion right now from the AAP is just that: Healthy solid foods.
Researchers also said that kids don't get enough fruit and vegetables before age two and if they do get them the kind eaten wasn't as nutritious as suggested.
For example, kids would get white potatoes, but no green vegetables on an average day.
The good news is that kids did seem to be getting the message about fruit juice and soda pop, the amount of both of these down.
As an aside, fruit is a preferred suggestion instead of fruit juice.