my breastfeeding story

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Inspiration, Nutrition5 Comments

a breastfeeding story

Hi. I’m Jessica. I’m the founder of Smart Nutrition. I’m a Registered Dietitian, and a mom who exclusively breastfed her baby.  I haven’t shared my breastfeeding story with very many people. I haven’t shared my story because I know how this works. I didn’t want other moms to feel bad about their story. Some stories are wrought with grief, anguish, despair, and frustration. Breastfeeding can have major challenges, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out the way a mom would like it to. And that’s okay. It’s okay to mourn not having the experience you were hoping for. If this is … Read More

10 things every pregnant woman needs to know about breastfeeding (part 3)

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breastfeeding 101

This is breastfeeding 101! Your pregnancy is a great opportunity to prepare yourself and maximize your breastfeeding success. Learn from a breastfeeding expert, and hear from experienced moms who wish they knew this before they started breastfeeding. Read part 1 and part 2 here.  9) Just say “no”…..to too many visitors! Everyone you know and love will want to meet your new baby. You’ll probably be proud and excited to show the newborn off! As good-intentioned as you and your visitors may be, a flood of visitors may not be in the best interest of establishing your breastfeeding relationship. As mentioned … Read More

10 things every pregnant woman needs to know about breastfeeding (part 2)

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breastfeeding 101

This is breastfeeding 101! Your pregnancy is a great opportunity to prepare yourself and maximize your breastfeeding success. Learn from a breastfeeding expert, and hear from experienced moms who wish they knew this before they started breastfeeding.  Read part 1 here and part 3! 6) Babies don’t always feed on a schedule Due to a lingering culture that pushed bottle feeding for decades, we have this idea in society that babies only feed every 3-4 hours. While this may be the case for some breastfeeding babies, their feeding “schedules” can be all over the map… especially at the beginning! The first … Read More

10 things every pregnant woman should know about breastfeeding (part 1)

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Nutrition2 Comments

breastfeeding 101

This is breastfeeding 101! Your pregnancy is a great opportunity to prepare yourself and maximize your breastfeeding success. Learn from a breastfeeding expert, and hear from experienced moms who wish they knew this before they started breastfeeding.  Read part 2 here and part 3! On the surface it seems like breastfeeding should be simple. Moms make milk, babies drink that milk. End of story, right? Well, I have a 3″ textbook that’s dedicated to breastfeeding! It covers a lot. Sometimes breastfeeding is simple, but sometimes it gets complicated! The best way to prepare yourself is to learn about some of … Read More

Food Before One is Just for Fun (and other LIES that rhyme)

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Nutrition11 Comments

food before one is just for fun (lie)

Food before one is just for fun is a cutesy rhyme that could have potentially disastrous outcomes for children.  Let me introduce to you, Sarah Roy, RD. We teamed up to write about a topic that’s near and dear to our RD Mama hearts. Sarah worked as a dietitian in Canada from 2008 until 2015 when she moved to Tokyo with her husband and two young children. With this move, she was able to pursue her passion of infant and childhood nutrition while navigating the world of Japanese cuisine. She loves to cook but despises spending hours in the kitchen. Much of … Read More

7 tips to a Halloween without guilt – from a Registered Dietitian

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Nutrition, Picky Eaters2 Comments

halloween-candy

It’s Halloween, so here I am, your Registered Dietitian, to tell you not to eat any candy and not have any fun! Naw, not really. Contrary to what my casual acquaintances seem to think, my job as a dietitian is not to make you feel guilty! Don’t you do that enough yourself? No, I’m here to help you ENJOY your experience with food, and get rid of that guilt. So, here are some tips for how to truly enjoy this holiday, rather than letting it become a source of conflict in the home, and a source of guilt for everyone. … Read More