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?

Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Top 5 foods to grab while breastfeeding

Eating small meals or snacks every 2 to 3 hours is important for not only pregnancy, but also when you are breastfeeding. Additional energy is needed to support breast milk production and help you feel your best and recover from labour and birth. However, this is easier said than done! Especially for busy parents that… Continue reading Top 5 foods to grab while breastfeeding

Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Breastfeeding and healthy eating

Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from Canada’s Food Guide to help you feel your best. When breastfeeding, you should eat a little more food every day. Often, one extra snack per day is enough. This will help you get the calories and nutrients you need. Eating well when you are breastfeeding is important because it… Continue reading Breastfeeding and healthy eating

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Can I Take Medications While Breastfeeding?

You may wonder if it is safe to take prescription or over the counter medications while breastfeeding or whether it is wiser to avoid all medications during this time. In almost all cases it is safe to continue breastfeeding while taking medications. Medications and Breast Milk Most medications will get into your breast milk but… Continue reading Can I Take Medications While Breastfeeding?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Resources and support for new parents

Having a baby can be a very exciting time but it can also be a time of uncertainty and worry because you are facing a world that is unknown and new to you.  I remember when I had my first baby, I had so many mixed emotions and I wanted to do the very best.… Continue reading Resources and support for new parents

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?

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?

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

In Canada, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually on October 1-7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding. The slogan this year is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Breastfeeding provides the foundation for good health for mothers and babies. Here’s how: Helping the Environment No waste No utilities required No emissions from transport trucks Sustainable Natural source of… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Following a vegan diet has become more popular among pregnant & breastfeeding individuals. Have a look at what Cristina Benea, Master of Public Health student, has summarized for this blog. What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that only includes vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A… Continue reading Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding in Toronto: 2017 results are in!

In 2017, Toronto Public Health surveyed over 1,000 moms in Toronto whose babies were 6 months old. We wanted to find out how they were feeding their babies in the first 6 months of life. You may have been one of the mothers we contacted! Here’s what we found out: 98% of Toronto moms fed… Continue reading Breastfeeding in Toronto: 2017 results are in!