Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be effective in preventing pregnancies

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) is a natural form of birth control method that uses breastfeeding* to prevent ovulation. However breastfeeding is only a reliable form of birth control when all these conditions are met: Your baby is under 6 months Your monthly period has not returned Your baby is fully or nearly fully breastfed Your baby… Continue reading Breastfeeding can be effective in preventing pregnancies

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Are you getting enough potassium?

By 2022, you will see potassium listed on the Nutrition Facts Table, as one of several food labelling improvements required by Health Canada. Why potassium? Diets low in potassium are linked with having higher blood pressure and other chronic diseases such as heart disease. Data shows that Canadians are not eating enough potassium-rich foods. What… Continue reading Are you getting enough potassium?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Tips to be more mindful

This past year has been challenging.  We have posted many blogs encouraging us to take care of ourselves especially our mental health.  One of the strategies that comes up a lot is mindfulness.  But what is mindfulness and how does it help us? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mindfulness as: "The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental… Continue reading Tips to be more mindful

Nutrition

March is Nutrition Month. Find Your Healthy!

March is Nutrition Month! Join Toronto Public Health in recognizing the important role dietitians have in promoting health through nutrition. This year, Dietitians of Canada wants you to know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to healthy eating. Healthy eating looks different to everyone. We all have our own culture, traditions, preferences and nutritional needs.… Continue reading March is Nutrition Month. Find Your Healthy!

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

A good latch is important for breastfeeding

Latching is how your baby takes your breast and your nipple into their mouth. A good latch is very important for breastfeeding. Having a good latch will help your baby to breastfeed well. A poor latch can lead to: a hungry baby sore nipples decreased milk supply Some babies can latch themselves while others may… Continue reading A good latch is important for breastfeeding

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Emergency Birth Control

Studies show more than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned. With this in mind, have you thought about your reproductive life plan? Perhaps you have decided that you are not ready for a pregnancy just now …but then, life throws you a surprise.  For example, in the heat of the moment, you and… Continue reading Emergency Birth Control

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Mixed bean salad using non-perishable foods

Non-perishable foods, also known as "shelf-stable" foods, are foods that can be safely stored at room temperature. In other words, they can stay on the shelf instead of in the refrigerator or the freezer, such as canned foods and dried pasta. Many canned products can last up to a year on your shelf and are… Continue reading Mixed bean salad using non-perishable foods

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Where to get breastfeeding support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Just had a baby and not sure where you can go for breastfeeding support?  So many services have changed due to COVID-19.  Some clinics have closed and others are only offering virtual services. Toronto Public Health is offering telephone and virtual breastfeeding support by video call if needed. If you would like a Public Health… Continue reading Where to get breastfeeding support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Let’s Talk!

On January 28, 2021 Canadians are being encouraged to talk about their mental health. We are facing challenges that we have never faced before.  From social distancing to lockdowns, fear of becoming sick to fear of losing loved ones.  When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. Some stress and… Continue reading Let’s Talk!