What Modern Moms Should Know About Breastfeeding
What Modern Moms Should Know About Breastfeeding

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  • Breastfeeding doesn't always come naturally to new mothers or infants.
  • Try to relax and enjoy peaceful skin to skin contact before feeding, and let your baby take the lead.
  • Some mothers may need expert help, and that's okay.
How can I help my child with their weight?
How can I help my child with their weight?

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  • Childhood obesity has become a widespread problem in the U.S.
  • Methods of dealing with obesity vary by age, but all require active parental engagement.
  • Support from a healthcare professional is vital at every stage..
Water
Water

Breastmilk and properly mixed formula contain the perfect amount of water for your baby. Additional water is unnecessary and can be dangerous. As your baby advances to taking other foods, small amounts of water can be offered. Discuss this with your pediatrician at well-visits. When using water to mix formula, follow instructions on the can. … Continue reading “Water”

Vitamin D
Vitamin D

Breastfed infants should receive 400 IU a day of supplemental vitamin D beginning in the first few days of life and continuing for at least 4-5 months. Formula fed infants should also be supplemented with 400 IU a day of vitamin D until they are taking more than 32 ounces of formula per day. Read … Continue reading “Vitamin D”

Formula
Formula

All formulas provide the same basic complete nutrition, but small differences do exist among formulas that make each one unique. Your baby may tolerate any formula, or she may do better with one particular formula. Be sure to follow the formula’s mixing instructions exactly. Talk to your doctor if your baby is struggling with her … Continue reading “Formula”

Eating Solid Foods
Eating Solid Foods

Breastmilk and formula provide all the nutrients a child requires during the first months of life. The introduction of solid foods must be individualized to a child’s needs. It is recommended that solids be initiated between four and six months of age when readiness cues are seen (such as watching you eat intently or grabbing … Continue reading “Eating Solid Foods”

Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has many benefits, including providing easily-digested, complete nutrition and immune system benefits for baby. It has benefits for mothers as well. Breastfeeding is not easy at times and it may take a week or more to establish a good milk supply and consistent feedings. Make sure that feedings improve a little each day. Breastfeeding … Continue reading “Breastfeeding”

Dirty Tricks for Clean Eating
Dirty Tricks for Clean Eating

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  • Be and creative in how you introduce new flavors, using purees and other tricks.
  • Keep an open mind and allow kids some autonomy to choose and adapt to new foods over time.
  • Make subtle changes to keep family favorites, but with less sugar and more fun.
Healthy School Lunches
Healthy School Lunches

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  • Replace juice with water and white bread for wheat.
  • Try out new lunch options at home first to make sure your children will eat them.
  • Plan ahead when grocery shopping and prep fruits and vegetables before the morning rush.
Should My Child Take a Multi-Vitamin?
Should My Child Take a Multi-Vitamin?

Article at a Glance Most children do not need a multivitamin, but it doesn’t do any harm for them to take one. The American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend that children take a vitamin D supplement. Treat vitamins like you would medicine. Taken in large quantities they can be toxic. According to the American Academy … Continue reading “Should My Child Take a Multi-Vitamin?”

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