Most recommendations regarding infant food introduction are broad declaratives to introduce a wide variety of foods and textures. This leaves parents with few specific guidelines to navigate food selection and nutrient prioritization during formative periods of development. Nutrients critical to optimizing health and development will be discussed with examples for whole foods implementation. In addition, strategies to address common food allergen introduction and picky eating will be reviewed. Attendees will synthesize information to create an optimized food introduction schedule to be utilized in office.
Speaker Bio: Desta Golden ND, MS, was graduated from National University of Natural Medicine as a naturopathic physician with a certificate in natural childbirth. In addition to her medical training, she received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Her practice focuses on supporting moms and growing healthy families from preconception and fertility through pregnancy and postpartum and transitioning into the early years of motherhood. Her signature specialty and pet passion is optimizing infant food introduction and nutrition in the first 1000 days of life. She is a community speaker and educator as well as a frequent contributor to EcoParent magazine. She and her husband are raising a healthy family of their own with two children and flock of backyard chickens.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented on October 11, 2020)