All this discussion about omega 3 fatty acids probably left you wondering: how can I get more in my diet? Most people don’t consume enough, with expecting and nursing mothers needing to be especially mindful of their intake. While there are currently no Dietary Reference Intakes for how much omega 3 we need, the National Institutes of Health recommends that at least 2% of daily caloric intake come from omega 3 fats. Getting more omega 3 in your diet can be simpler, or more delicious, than you think. Don’t worry about calculating exact amounts, just aim for a good source daily. Here are 6 ways to boost your daily omega 3 intake: (more…)
Archive for June, 2011
Redundancy aside, breastfeeding is the best start you can possibly give your baby as study after study has shown. While initiating breastfeeding can be difficult for some mums, any nursing mother knows that throughout the duration of breastfeeding there are plenty of other ups and downs that nobody prepares you for. What a woman eats while nursing directly affects the baby; sometimes for the better and other times- well, just think back to the last time you had a meal your baby didn’t like. A recent study found a few components of a woman’s diet that may actually give breast milk a serious boost. (more…)
Summer can bring lots of fun, but also the need for a keen eye to help keep kids safe over the summer. Below is the American Academy of Pediatrics Summer Safety Tip Sheet: (more…)
Schools are out and days are longer marking the start of summer. This month, in honor of the season, we are focusing on summertime safety for babies and toddlers. With barbecues and pool parties in full swing, there is lots of fun to be had but also a whole new set of parental worries. Here are a few tips to help keep kids safe and healthy throughout the summer: (more…)
The last few months we talked a great deal about healthy pregnancy eating and all the recent studies warning mums to be mindful of weight gain during pregnancy. Previously, the biggest concern for pregnant women was to make sure they were getting all the nutrients they needed to help a healthy baby grow. More and more studies, however, are finding that what a woman eats while pregnant will affect her baby for years to come; particularly women who are overweight at the time of conception. A new study found some simple solutions to the current quandary.
As we know all too well, having kids can be stressful. While babies can bring lots of joy, mums go through a giant physical and emotional adjustment starting from the moment they know they’re pregnant. While our own mothers have warned us of the trials and tribulations of motherhood, modern science has shown that all that mommy stress has an impact, even on dads. Now before you navigate away from the page after that sentence, read on as a recent study found dads’ pre-baby stress affects everybody in the house too. (more…)
If it seems a lot more kids have food allergies these days that is because they do; the number has gone up 18% over the past decade and managing food allergies is an important part of childhood nutrition. Of course the amount and type of ‘food allergy friendly’ foods rapidly increased as well leaving mums of food allergic kids with many more grocery options. What has remained the same, however, is managing food allergies. Food allergy research will continue but it will be sometime before food allergies are eradicated or entirely preventable. Review our Understanding Food Allergies posts if you are new to food allergy information or have a newly diagnosed food allergic child, and here some tips for all mums to help manage kids’ food allergies: (more…)