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

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

Emotional Health · Nutrition

New baby and feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

Just had a baby and notice a change in the way you feel?  It can be a difficult time.  You're recovering from the delivery, not getting enough sleep, and caring for a new baby.  Having a baby is a big life change, feelings ranging from joy and excitement to guilt and sadness can happen at any time… Continue reading New baby and feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

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

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?