Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Is my newborn baby’s runny stool normal or is it diarrhea?

At the breastfeeding clinic, I have quite a few new parents expressing their concerns that their baby may be having diarrhea. I hear "my baby's stool is liquid and runny" or "my baby has a bowel movement every time I change their diaper".  On the other hand, some parents are not so concerned when their… Continue reading Is my newborn baby’s runny stool normal or is it diarrhea?

Emotional Health · Parenting

New to Canada?  Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?

Maria moved to Toronto six months ago.  She is a new mother of a two month old baby girl.  She and her husband are feeling the stress of a new country, a new baby, and no family to help.  Maria speaks little English and isn’t sure where or how to get help from her new… Continue reading New to Canada?  Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Watch your baby not the clock

During the early days after birth, some babies and mothers need time to learn to breastfeed. Your baby might be sleepy and may need some help to feed. You may need to wake your baby to breastfeed; holding your baby skin-to-skin or changing your baby's diaper can help to wake your baby. As you baby… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Watch your baby not the clock

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

5 Tips for expressing breast milk

Hand expression takes time to learn but will become easier with practice. It involves no cost, is always available and can be done anytime and anywhere. If your baby is healthy use a clean glass or hard plastic container (BPA free) to collect your expressed breast milk. Clean means to wash in hot soapy water… Continue reading 5 Tips for expressing breast milk

Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

Breastfeeding multiples: Tips and positions to help you

It is possible to breastfeed two babies at one time. This will take time and patience to learn. Breastfeeding two babies at once can save time and has the added benefit of increasing the hormones that tell your body to make more breast milk. At first many parents with multiples find it easier to breastfeed… Continue reading Breastfeeding multiples: Tips and positions to help you

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Is there a “Perfect” bedtime routine for babies?

There is no perfect bedtime routine.  The truth is our little bundles of joy were designed to get up and nourish those little developing brains.  Night waking is normal and actually very healthy for newborns!  Just this week, a client of the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program asked me why they can't get their child… Continue reading Is there a “Perfect” bedtime routine for babies?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Positions and tips for breastfeeding your baby

Breastfeeding families often come to our clinics asking for help positioning their baby while breastfeeding. There are many different positions to try.  These positions vary depending on many factors including your baby's size, your breast size and shape and if you had a Caesarean birth. Some of these positions are called cross cradle, cradle position,… Continue reading Positions and tips for breastfeeding your baby

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Latching Your Baby

Having a good latch will help you make enough breast milk and help your baby to breastfeed well. It will also help prevent pain when breastfeeding. A poor latch can cause sore nipples, a hungry baby and a decreased breast milk supply. Some babies are able to latch on their own and others need some… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Latching Your Baby