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Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding

Vitamins or vegetables? Formula or breast milk? What’s safe and what’s not? These posts tackle food and nutrition topics for kids of all ages.

What is Arsenic Doing in Rice Cereal?

By April 5, 2016 No Comments
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This week the FDA released a consumer update called Seven Things Pregnant Women and Parents Need to Know About Arsenic in Rice and Rice Cereal. While many parents were caught off guard by the new recommendations, I was lucky enough to be talking to pediatricians, PhDs, registered dietitians, clinical professors, and even the 18th United […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


A Quick Guide to Hydration Beverages: What Liquids To Give Your Kids and When

By March 28, 2016 2 Comments
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When I was a kid, Kool-Aid, Tang, and Hi-C juice boxes were the norm for kids’ beverages. You were super cool if you had Capri-Sun, water was boring, and tea was for grown-ups. Clearly, things have changed. Nowadays teenagers proudly tote tea-based beverages, and bottled water is a blank canvas for those trendy flavored squirtables […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens


Please Don’t Feed Your Baby Homemade Formula!

By March 24, 2016 6 Comments
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Yesterday a friend shared a story about Kristin Cavallari’s recipe for homemade baby formula.  In case you’re wondering, yes, the very same Kristin Cavallari that rose to fame in reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills (Google it kids, if you don’t remember them). I’m sure Kristin is a great mother and loves her kids dearly […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting


This is what my feeding practice looks like as a NICU nurse and IBCLC

By March 3, 2016 No Comments
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 Yesterday was March 2, 2016, better known as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Day and I celebrated it. There are many specialties  in the lactation world that can help every mother meet her infant feeding goals. My infant feeding practice is rather unique, as I consult all over the world to help with complex […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Newborns + Infants


Who Has Time For Nutrition? My Picky Eater Only Eats PB&Js and Chicken Nuggets!

By and February 22, 2016 1 Comment
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I’m not here to give you advice for how to convince picky eaters to eat. You’ve probably heard enough tips and tricks, including all the magical ways you can hide fruits and vegetables in kid favorites, like those infamous black bean ‘brownies.’ Unfortunately, despite all of your begging, cajoling, and possible trickery, your kid is winning […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


When NOT Washing your Hands Is a Crime: What We Can Learn From The Chipotle Sanitation Nightmare

By January 18, 2016 2 Comments
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  Chipotle touts organic and fresh ingredients, making it a fan favorite for many parents, but perhaps not anymore, given the terrible year that the fast-food chain is struggling to recover from. 2015 ended poorly for Chipotle, with at least five viral or bacterial outbreaks in various branches of their restaurant chain between July and December. Three of […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Infectious Disease + Vaccines


Passive Immunity 101: Will Breast Milk Protect My Baby From Getting Sick?

By January 10, 2016 15 Comments
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As a neonatal nurse specialist, mothers often ask me about the antibodies found in breast milk and how they can work to protect their babies. To explain it to them, and to you, I have to delve into immunology, and those conversations are usually too technical for most readers and mothers I meet in the […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants


Turkey Day Safety: Preventing Foodborne Illness this Holiday Season

By November 23, 2015 No Comments
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Lately, my husband and I have taken to calling our son “Turkey.” I can’t really pinpoint what started it, but he’s at that age (almost 2) where the nickname just fits (parents, you know what I’m talking about). Speaking of turkeys, those majestically hideous yet delicious birds, there’s nothing that would ruin a good post-feast […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Infectious Disease + Vaccines