Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Refreshing and naturally infused water recipes

With the weather warming up, you’re probably looking for different ideas to quench your thirst!  Our dietitian, Melissa Koch, posted these great fruit-flavoured water recipes and I wanted to share it with you once again.  Share your favourite water recipe! _________________________________________________________ Sometimes I get tired of drinking plain water.  Knowing that most of my fluid… Continue reading 5 Refreshing and naturally infused water recipes

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 10 tips to eat well

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting for Muslims. What does fasting during Ramadan mean?  It means no food or drink, not even water, during the day.  Every day, fasting starts after sunrise, and ends after sunset.  Many Muslims stay up late into the night and may choose to sleep during the day… Continue reading Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 10 tips to eat well

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

How can family and friends make breastfeeding a success?

After birth you and your baby will need time to learn to breastfeed.  You will also need to look after yourself and your baby. Here are some tips: Make sleep/rest a priority Limit visitors, telephone calls and other interruptions during the early weeks Ask for help when needed Accept help when offered Family and friends… Continue reading How can family and friends make breastfeeding a success?

Breastfeeding

Can breastfeeding be used as a method of birth control?

Yes, breastfeeding is a proven, natural, short term (six month) method of birth control.  This method of contraception is called the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM). L = Lactational means breastfeeding A = Amenorrhea means having no monthly period M = Method LAM is 98 – 99 % effective in preventing pregnancy, but only if you… Continue reading Can breastfeeding be used as a method of birth control?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Can I drink herbal teas while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Most herbal teas are not recommended to drink during pregnancy or breastfeeding.  It may be hard for some tea lovers to stop or limit the amount of herbal teas they drink once they find out they’re pregnant.  Luckily, there are many other drink options to keep you hydrated.   Teas are not all the same: The black,… Continue reading Can I drink herbal teas while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding

Can I breastfeed in public?

Yes, you can!  Your right to breastfeed in a public place is supported by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  No one should stop a mother from breastfeeding her child, or ask her to cover up or move her to another place to breastfeed. Tips for breastfeeding in public Get comfortable with breastfeeding your baby at home with your… Continue reading Can I breastfeed in public?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

What’s the scoop on sodium?

Adults, including breastfeeding and pregnant women need about 1500mg of sodium a day.  This is plenty to help make our bodies’ blood pressure, muscles and nerves work well.  Should you keep an eye on the amount of sodium you get every day?  The answer is yes! Most of us get around 3,300mg of sodium each… Continue reading What’s the scoop on sodium?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding after the first six months

You have given your baby the best possible start by breastfeeding for the first six months.  Breast milk is still the most important food during the first year of baby’s life.  You may want to continue to breastfeed your baby for two years or longer.  Your baby will need extra iron at six months.  So,… Continue reading Breastfeeding after the first six months

Nutrition

How can I get enough protein when I’m pregnant and breastfeeding?

You probably know you need to eat protein, but what is it? When you eat food that contains protein, the digestive juices in your stomach and intestine go to work.  They break down the protein in food into basic units, called amino acids.  The amino acids can then be reused to make the proteins your… Continue reading How can I get enough protein when I’m pregnant and breastfeeding?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Caffeine – how much is too much during pregnancy?

Should I limit caffeine when I am pregnant? Yes, you should limit how much caffeine you get from food and drinks when you’re pregnant.  During pregnancy, we recommend  no more than 300 milligrams (mg) of caffeine in a day. That amount of caffeine is equal to: two cups of coffee four cups of tea two… Continue reading Caffeine – how much is too much during pregnancy?