Picky Eaters?

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Did you know children are not born as picky eaters? Eating is very complicated with experiences being shaped from birth, such as breastfeeding versus bottle feeding to when children are exposed to solid foods. Picky eating develops from parents’ eating habits, eating experiences or lack of, lack of skills necessary for eating a variety of foods, and sensory issues. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) are not commonly known as professionals who can assist with infant feeding issues. However, an SLP with training on healthy mouth development for feeding and speech development and sensory feeding issues may be an important team member in targeting feeding issues.