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Eating a Rainbow of Foods: Why this is Important

August 31, 2020

Have you ever heard of ‘eating more colour’, or ‘eating a rainbow’? What does this mean? And why is this important? The American Heart Association divides eating in colour into five main categories: Red/Pink; Blue/Purple; Yellow/Orange; White/Brown; and Green. In this blog, we dive a little deeper to understand why eating in colour is important, and explore its benefits.

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Pros & Cons of Homemade Baby Food

July 27, 2020

These past few months have been an interesting time! With a forced slow-down of the economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our lives have been turned upside down; however, some might argue this is for the better! Busy lifestyles lead us to easy solutions for the short term, yet they aren’t providing the long-term outcomes we desire. The importance of eating healthy is something that we hear everyone talk about—but we need to dive deeper into how nutrition impacts our little ones and carve out the time to make infant nutrition a priority.

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What is Responsive Feeding?

June 29, 2020

Responsive feeding involves understanding your baby’s cues regarding feeding—and responding to them appropriately. It sets the foundation for healthy eating habits and leads to developing the skills necessary for self-control and management of food intake. This includes ‘responsive parenting’—the positive interactions you have with your baby (including, but not limited to food) that lead to a mutual understanding and bond that results in optimal feeding behaviours, as well as secure relationships and better cognitive and language development.

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How to Make Finger Foods

May 25, 2020

Okay, so now that you know your infant is ready to progress to textures, what are the best finger foods to offer your baby? It is recommended to avoid foods high in sugar, such as store-bought food pouches that do not offer the nutritional benefits that come from fresh foods. Finger foods should also be soft, easy to swallow and cut into bite sizes. Also, offering finger foods promotes self-feeding and gives infants a chance to develop autonomy.

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The Importance of Texture in Your Baby’s Diet

April 27, 2020

It seems to be well documented that infants are ready for complementary foods at around 6-months of age; however, the importance of introducing different textures around 9-months is not as well known. It makes sense that this transition should naturally occur if the goal for infants is to enjoy a variety of foods and textures by one year of age; [3] but how are we supposed to know when—and why our infants are ready for this progression? According to an expert panel review, introducing finely chopped foods at around 9-12 months is recommended (provided that your infant shows signs of developmental readiness).

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Breast Milk Donation and Why this is Important

March 30, 2020

The importance of breast milk for infants has been well documented and breastfeeding is considered the gold standard for essential nutrients and protective agents. But what happens when a mother and baby are unable to breastfeed? There can be several reasons for this, including premature birth (which may be secondary to the shortened period of the mother’s changes in her mammary glands), the stress associated with premature birth, or other causes. Human Milk Banks are a wonderful option for babies unable to breastfeed, especially those in critical care in the NICU. Essentially, they can provide important microorganisms when breastfeeding is not an option.

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Benefits and Challenges of Breastfeeding

February 24, 2020

Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for children—including lowering the risk of Type II diabetes, obesity, and better intelligence scores. Breastfeeding helps protect infants from childhood illnesses; breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant requires until 6 months old (then complementary feedings can start with continued breastfeeding up to and beyond two years). Breast milk has antibodies and helps protect against childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia. 

Breastfeeding is great for mothers—it helps lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as Type II diabetes, and postpartum depression. Also, breastfeeding can promote infant bonding, as well as greater postpartum weight loss. 

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Raising a Vegetarian/Vegan Baby

January 27, 2020

There’s no doubt that vegetarian and vegan diets are on the rise in today’s general population. People switch over to this lifestyle and choice for several reasons—whether it be spiritual, health-related, or altruistic; however, there are important considerations for the developing fetus and the breastfed baby of the vegetarian/vegan mother.  

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Bonding with Your Baby

December 23, 2019

As the saying goes, “all you need is love” 💕. This couldn't be truer for your baby during infancy! At this stage, all your baby cares about is you and the physical and social world around them, so the best thing you can do is relax and simply enjoy being with your little one. Creating a nurturing and loving relationship is based on emotional connection and is an essential building block to your baby’s development and learning. 

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What NOT to Feed My Baby

November 25, 2019

So, your little one is all set to try new things—you’ve seen all their ‘ready’ signs and away you go into this exciting milestone of trying new foods. When you think about it, it must be exciting for them! Watching you and your family put all those curious things in your mouths at every meal. Surely, they want to give food a try for themselves! After developing somewhat of a plan of what you would like to offer,  what are some key foods to steer clear of during this developmental stage? And wouldn’t it be easier to provide the commercial, store-bought recommendations?

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When to Start Reading to Your Baby

October 28, 2019

With so much focus on early literacy programs aimed to encourage children to read, it is surprising there is not as much focus on reading with our babies! We read to them in the womb, and of course read to them when they’re older and can provide feedback or cues they are enjoying the story—but what about newborns?

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Why Does my Baby Need a Vitamin D Supplement?

September 30, 2019

At one of your healthcare follow-ups, you will encounter someone who will tell you to give your breastfed baby a vitamin D supplement. But why is vitamin D so important? And why are we supposed to give vitamin D to babies who are breastfed and not to those who aren’t?

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