How do taste buds develop?

Q: How do my baby's taste buds develop?

A: Your baby's taste buds develop in the womb because she's exposed to your diet through your amniotic fluid. You'll continue to share flavors with her after birth, since the taste of food also passes through your breast milk, making it taste a little different each time. But no matter what you eat during pregnancy or those first months of motherhood, your baby is born with a sweet tooth -- anything sugary is yummy and soothing. That's why she'll eagerly gulp breast milk or formula, since both are sweet. It's nature's way of providing the perfect food for babies. --Carol Sjostrom Miller

Originally published in Parents magazine, March 2007. Updated 2009


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