Parenting · Breastfeeding · Emotional Health

Infant feeding and my mental health

Becoming a new parent is a major life change that is certain to come with rewards and a few learning curves along the way. For those who are vulnerable to postpartum mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.) support from friends, family and the community are all important in helping a new parent feel confident in this… Continue reading Infant feeding and my mental health

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Creamy broccoli soup: A spoonful of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, plays many roles in maintaining your health during pregnancy.  Did you know that it helps prevent cell damage which can lead to lifelong conditions such as heart disease AND it also protects you against infections by maintaining a healthy immune system? Read on. Vitamin C helps absorb the… Continue reading Creamy broccoli soup: A spoonful of Vitamin C

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

  I will never forget the moment my daughter was about 2 months old when she first discovered her hands. She lifted her arms up in front of her face while in her swing and carefully turned her hand as if she was saying “What is this? How do I use it?” From baby’s first… Continue reading Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Quick & easy salad in a jar recipe

I am always looking for great ideas to help me eat healthy on the go.  This ‘salad in a jar’ is nutritious, portable, fresh, easy to make, uses simple colourful ingredients, inexpensive compared to eating out in a restaurant, AND is fun to assemble! Layer your favourite foods in a jar, take it to work… Continue reading Quick & easy salad in a jar recipe

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Have a baby? Here’s a list of free parenting programs in Toronto

Looking to get out, meet other parents and learn about baby’s healthy growth and development? Wondering what free parenting programs are available in Toronto? Well, read on… Did you know that Toronto Public Health offers free parenting programs? Our parenting programs are offered in a group format and run by Public Health Nurses and/or community… Continue reading Have a baby? Here’s a list of free parenting programs in Toronto

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Tips to prepare for breastfeeding before and during pregnancy

Thinking about how you will feed your future baby may be the furthest thing from your mind.  After all, why would you think about feeding a baby if you don’t have a baby or aren’t pregnant yet? Studies show that most parents decide how to feed their baby before they are pregnant.  Deciding early about… Continue reading Tips to prepare for breastfeeding before and during pregnancy

Emotional Health · Parenting

Feeling depressed? Physical activity may help

I’m sure the last thing most new, sleep deprived parents are thinking about is squeezing exercise into an already busy schedule!  However, what if I told you that it can be done as part of your regular daily routine? We all know it’s important to be active but did you know that physical activity: releases… Continue reading Feeling depressed? Physical activity may help

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfeeding and Alcohol:  Do they mix?

A mom recently told me that she stayed away from drinking any alcohol when trying to get pregnant and throughout her pregnancy.  She then shared “After I gave birth and going through those newborn stages of learning to feed my baby, changing diapers, finding a routine, lack of sleep etc… a glass of alcohol was… Continue reading Breastfeeding and Alcohol:  Do they mix?

Nutrition · Parenting

Constipation in children

Is your child straining when going to the bathroom? They may be constipated. Constipation in young children is common and can be uncomfortable/painful for them. As a dietitian, I often hear concerns from parents that their child is having less frequent bowel movements or when they have to “go”, it is painful. How do I… Continue reading Constipation in children

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Busy morning? 7 ideas for breakfast-on-the-go

Busy morning and rushing out of the house?  Feel too busy to prepare breakfast and now your stomach reminds you that it’s mid-morning and you haven’t eaten yet? Eating regularly is more important during pregnancy because the food you eat gives your body and baby nutrition and energy.  As a dietitian, I hear many reasons why… Continue reading Busy morning? 7 ideas for breakfast-on-the-go