Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting for Muslims. Check out registered dietitian Christine DeSouza's tips to eat well during Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan means no food or drink, not even water, between sunrise and sunset. Many Muslims stay up late into the night and may choose to rest during fasting hours. Ramadan… Continue reading Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

Baby's First Year · Parenting

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and have a new baby at home. What should I do?

Congratulations on your new baby! Having a new baby is exciting but with a diagnosis of COVID-19, it can be very stressful. Based on current information, babies and children do not appear to be at higher risk for getting COVID-19 than adults, and the symptoms and complications of COVID-19 appear to be milder in babies… Continue reading I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and have a new baby at home. What should I do?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Positioning of baby: A key to successful breastfeeding

Proper positioning of your baby is one of the keys to breastfeeding success. A good position can prevent many breastfeeding problems such as sore nipples and low breast milk supply. There are many different breastfeeding positions to try and some may work better for you depending on your baby's size, your breast size and shape… Continue reading Positioning of baby: A key to successful breastfeeding

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Foods to support baby’s brain development

As a dietitian, I’m often asked by pregnant clients what foods they should eat to help their baby’s brain develop. The easy answer is to choose foods high in DHA, a type of omega-3 fat. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to get enough DHA. This healthy fat can be your infant’s best friend even… Continue reading Foods to support baby’s brain development

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? 6 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? 6 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?