U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Babies and Toddlers

The U.S Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has issued new dietary guidelines for Americans, specific to a person’s age. Part of the report advises parents what to feed their babies and toddlers. The Committee found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of overweight or obesity, type 1 diabetes, and asthma, as compared to never being breastfed. The study found evidence that suggests that a longer duration of breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of type 1 diabetes and asthma, but it was unclear what the optimal duration of breastfeeding is. The report also mentions complementary foods and beverages (CFB). These … Continue reading

Things Just Got A Lot Messier

My baby has decided that feeding time is all about control. Oh how I love/hate this stage. Parenting a baby that is transitioning into toddlerhood is fun, exciting, and takes a lot of patience. For example, I recently had noticed that my little guy had started to refuse some of the foods he normally loves. He would turn his head away from the first bite, or arch his back and shake his head no. I couldn’t figure out what was causing the problem until one day when I handed him the spoon. He was thrilled. Since then, he has desired … Continue reading

The Real Mom’s Guide to Feeding Your Baby Solids: The Quirks

Forget all of the information about feeding your baby. Here is what you need to know, although no one ever seems to get around to telling you. I’m sure that when it comes to first feeding your baby solid foods, you have already read most of the literature out there that tells you when to start, what to feed, etc. Well, I am here with the voice of experience, and three kids, to tell you what those other sources won’t tell you–all of the important stuff that makes feeding solids just a little easier. Know Your Baby’s Quirks Once you … Continue reading

Why I Chose to Breastfeed

One of the most important decisions you will make during your pregnancy is how to feed your new baby. This decision needs to be made during pregnancy, so you can get off to the right start when the baby arrives. I made the decision to breastfeed when I was pregnant with our first baby. I am currently breastfeeding our fourth baby and it’s a decision I have never regretted. I made this decision for several reasons. Nutrition: If you’ve done any reading on this subject, you have heard that breast is best for the baby. Breast milk is the perfect … Continue reading

Choosing How to Feed Your Baby

From time to time, I have written blogs about breastfeeding. I’ve always felt that pregnancy is the time to try to learn about breastfeeding and I try to get the message out in my own little way. Recent discussions in the forums have made me realize the lack of information available to many women and the importance of Choosing how to feed your baby is one of the first decisions you will ever make as a parent. It is also one of the most important. Women come to the decision in many ways. Often, they fall into either breast of … Continue reading

Should Formula Cans Contain Warning Labels?

We have been talking about this particular issue in the forums. You can catch up on the debate here. However, I have to say that there isn’t too much of a debate. The overwhelming majority of people feel that warning labels on formula cans are “like a slap in the face to mothers who choose or have to formula feed.” However, like all debates, we are fueled with our personal experiences and I thought it might be helpful to provide some background information on the issue. Background The initiative to put warning labels on cans of formula is backed by … Continue reading