National WIC Association

Food consumption patterns of infants and toddlers: where are we now?

Siega-Riz AM, et al. Food consumption patterns of infants and toddlers: where are we now? J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:S38-S51.

The authors examined infant and toddler feeding practices over time, from 2002 to 2008, using the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS). Compared with the 2002 FITS data, the 2008 data indicated an increasing percentage of infants who received breast milk; a delay in introducing complementary foods; and a decreasing percentage of infants and toddlers who consumed desserts and sweetened beverages. Additionally, fruit and vegetable consumption remained lower than recommended in 2008.