The Kansas Beef Council partnered with the Kansas WIC program last month for a webinar focused on beef as a first food. Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN, registered dietitian and author who blogs at Real Mom Nutrition, presented the webinar to 75 dietitians, registered nurses and nutrition educators.
The presentation focused on the things parents can do and things to avoid in the early years of life that will help shape their child’s eating preferences and habits for years to come. Kuzemchak pointed out that one area for parents to consider is the introduction of meat, including beef, as a primary food for their infants. She gave examples of how meat can be introduced as a mash or in chunks of grab-and-go food with a baby-led weaning.
This webinar was an extension of the Beef-funded Every Bite Counts campaign which aims to educate, raise awareness and increase recommendations from healthcare professionals to include beef as the first safe and nutrient-dense complementary food for babies, to from about 6 months. age. The content also provides consumers with knowledge on how to safely and effectively introduce beef into their baby’s diet.