Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Introducing baby to a cup

During our nutrition groups, a common question parents ask is “Now that my baby is starting solid food, how can I get them to drink fluids from a cup?” This is an excellent question! Nutrition is dynamic and information changes all the time. Health Canada recommends when introducing solids to your baby around six months… Continue reading Introducing baby to a cup

Parenting

National Child Day – Celebrating kids as experts in Toronto

Did you know that every child in Canada from birth to 18 years has rights?  The UN convention on the Rights of the Child lists 54 rights. Our nurse, Michele Antunes, tells us more. November 20 is National Child Day Some examples about Rights of the Child include: You have the right to give your… Continue reading National Child Day – Celebrating kids as experts in Toronto

Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

Can I still breastfeed my baby while pregnant?

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Many new parents want to know if it is safe to breastfeed when they are pregnant. You may worry that breastfeeding will hurt your unborn baby and that it will interfere with your pregnancy. You may wonder will I have enough milk for my older child and can I breastfeed two… Continue reading Can I still breastfeed my baby while pregnant?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

7 Tips to add fibre into your diet

As a Public Health Dietitian working in the field for many years I make sure I keep up with all the new information about nutrition. Working with students is a perfect opportunity to reach this goal. Have a look at what Rim Mouhaffel has summarized after her 12 week nutrition care rotation with counselling pregnant… Continue reading 7 Tips to add fibre into your diet

Pregnancy

Online prenatal program: What’s it all about?

Toronto Public Health offers pregnant individuals and their families a free online prenatal program.  You can learn at your own pace from the comfort of wherever you choose. Why complete this free online prenatal program? There are 29 interactive classes that include video, audio, games and quizzes. Our prenatal program offers educational information and provides… Continue reading Online prenatal program: What’s it all about?

Pregnancy

Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?

After a year of trying to get pregnant and not using birth control, my friend started to become a little concerned when she was not conceiving. After all, shouldn’t she have been pregnant already? When she went to see the doctor for a check-up, she was informed that she had a low thyroid level. 1… Continue reading Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Bruschetta: An easy snack using local foods

Right now, there is a lot of locally grown fruits and vegetables available at our supermarkets such as broccoli, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes and peaches. Here’s Munira Shabber, a student with Ryerson University’s Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition program, to share what “eating local” means and a quick and easy recipe. For everyone, including pregnant… Continue reading Bruschetta: An easy snack using local foods

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Can breastfeeding be a reliable method of contraception?

Did you know that, even when breastfeeding (also known as chestfeeding), it is possible to become pregnant again just weeks after delivering a baby? Using breastfeeding as a natural method of contraception, also known as Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), relies on breastfeeding hormones to suppress ovulation.  Without ovulation the body cannot get pregnant. Breastfeeding can… Continue reading Can breastfeeding be a reliable method of contraception?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Food safety in pregnancy

During pregnancy, we often take extra steps to protect our growing baby. Preparing food safely should be one of these steps. In pregnancy, our body’s ability to fight off bacteria changes and this increases our risk of getting food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness. Foodborne illnesses might not make us sick right away; sometimes… Continue reading Food safety in pregnancy