Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Cannabis use while breastfeeding

Cannabis is now legal to use in Ontario for people 19 years and older (age may be different in other provinces across Canada). However just because it is legal does not mean it is safe to use while breastfeeding. Cannabis contains many ingredients, the main psychoactive component being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is safest to not… Continue reading Cannabis use while breastfeeding

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Speech, hearing & vision: The importance of early detection

Speech, hearing and vision are important parts of your child's development. Babies begin to explore the environment around them through the sights and sounds they are exposed to. Through exploration, a baby's brain begins to make connections that helps them learn to communicate. May is Speech, Hearing and Vision month. But what happens if your… Continue reading Speech, hearing & vision: The importance of early detection

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Can breastfeeding help with immunization pain?

Vaccines are a routine part of your baby's childhood. They help to keep your baby healthy by protecting your baby against serious infections. However, vaccinations maybe painful and cause stress to your baby. Breastfeeding during vaccination is safe for babies even newborns. Research has shown that breastfeeding during your baby's injections can decrease their pain… Continue reading Can breastfeeding help with immunization pain?

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

Maternal mental health matters!

What if I were to tell you there is a medical complication that affects 1 in 5 parents postpartum? That it affects fathers, too? And the biggest risk factor, is if you have already experienced it! The complication I'm referring to is perinatal mood disorders, more commonly known as depression and anxiety that can occur… Continue reading Maternal mental health matters!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Parenting: Keeping it simple

Ever feel like you have lost yourself since becoming a parent? Being constantly surrounded by a baby or a toddler, but sometimes feeling lonely? Where did time for "me" go? Parenting is like being in a constant tug of war. Wondering when the baby will need you less? At the same time, standing over the… Continue reading Parenting: Keeping it simple

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

What if your reproductive plan is not to get pregnant right now? More than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned.  With that in mind it is a good idea to make a reproductive life plan.  If your plan is to wait or space your pregnancies, then you might want to consider an effective… Continue reading Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

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

Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

As a Public Health Nurse, and mother myself, I will be the first to admit having a new baby arrive in the family can come with mixed emotions. With all the love and excitement babies bring, new parents can also feel stressed, anxious, exhausted, and sad. It's often hard to know if your feelings are… Continue reading Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

Placentophagy: What is it?

Eating one's placenta after birth may be surprising for some people, and for others this information may not be new. It is not a common practice; however, the practice appears to be increasing and Health Canada has recently issued a statement regarding the consumption of human placenta and the potential health risk. The placenta is… Continue reading Placentophagy: What is it?

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Unlocking the potential of food for kids

Nutrition month is celebrated in March and dietitians across Canada are helping Canadians to Unlock the Potential of Food! This March we will continue to explore the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. Let us look at this from a child's perspective. The food we eat provides us with… Continue reading Unlocking the potential of food for kids

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

What is jaundice in newborns?

Jaundice is a common newborn condition where your baby's skin turns yellow because there is too much bilirubin in your baby's blood. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is released when the liver breaks down red blood cells.  Your baby's immature liver may not be able to quickly get rid of the large number of… Continue reading What is jaundice in newborns?