Baby's First Year · Parenting

Comforting your crying baby: Swaddling and other tips

As a nurse, many parents have asked me to give them tips on comforting and soothing their crying baby. It can be very frustrating and exhausting for parents to hear their baby cry. If you find your frustration climbing, take a break and ask for help. How can I soothe and comfort my crying baby?… Continue reading Comforting your crying baby: Swaddling and other tips

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

It is normal to have mood changes in the days and first weeks following the birth of your baby. Remember…this does not mean that you have or will have postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A). Here's the 4 differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression? 1. How common are baby blues? Baby Blues - Occurs in… Continue reading 4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfed babies are ready for emergencies

Emergency situations often occur when we least expect it and with no time to plan. They are unpredictable events that can leave your family without electricity, clean drinking water, and transportation.  You may not be able to cook, prepare food, or access grocery stores.  Your normal life is disrupted. These events can be the result… Continue reading Breastfed babies are ready for emergencies

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Breastfeeding – Together let’s make it work!

Did you know October 1-7th is breastfeeding week in Canada? Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually to promote the importance of breastfeeding, to encourage breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies. The theme this year is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. Many families want to breastfeed. Parents want to give their babies the benefits of breastfeeding. For… Continue reading Breastfeeding – Together let’s make it work!

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Is it safe to breastfeed if I’m sick?

Many new parents want to know if it is safe to breastfeed when they are sick.  You may worry that you will pass your illness on to your baby. Your baby is exposed to your illness before you even realize you're sick.  In fact, your body has the virus before you start to show symptoms… Continue reading Is it safe to breastfeed if I’m sick?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Caring for your breasts

Your breasts do not need any special care while breastfeeding.  However sometimes breast and nipple problems can develop.  Learning how to properly position and latch your baby can help prevent these problems.  Here are some tips to help you care for your breasts and to prevent some common breastfeeding problems. General Breast Care Rinse your breasts with… Continue reading Caring for your breasts

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?

Breastfeeding · Parenting

Holding your baby skin-to-skin: What are the benefits?

Your bare chest is the best place for your baby to adjust to life outside the womb.  Your baby smells you, hears you, feels you and gets to know you.  Skin to skin contact means holding your bare baby against your bare chest or tummy. Your Baby's First Hours Immediately after birth hold your baby… Continue reading Holding your baby skin-to-skin: What are the benefits?

Breastfeeding · Parenting

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Did you know October 1-7th is breastfeeding week in Canada?  To celebrate, Toronto Public Health is launching a new campaign  "Breastfeeding: A way to Care for Our Future."  This campaign reminds us that breastfeeding is one way to care for ourselves and the world we live in by improving the health and well-being of parents… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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?