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

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)

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)

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

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

12 tips for surviving disney world with a toddler

Disney World with our toddler: it was the best of times… it was the worst of times. We had a huge learning curve to figure out how to parent our strong-willed ball of energy! As the trip progressed, we learned from our mistakes. So I hope you can learn from our mistakes, too! Every toddler is their own little person, so obviously your mileage may vary. These are just some options to keep in mind. 1. Try to stick to your regular schedule A vacation can be a shock to a child’s system. A vacation to a theme park is more like … Read More

must-know tips for disney world you won’t find anywhere else

Must know Diseyworld tips you won't find anywhere else

When planning my family’s trip to Disney World I read a ton of useful information online. But even after wading through all those tips, we experienced a few trials, that are really quite avoidable if you keep reading. Let our pain be your prevention! P.S. This is a bit off-topic for a nutrition website, but this means you get the bonus of some dietitian tips for feeding your family at Disney too! Save this map of the parking lot at the Disney Transportation Center When you park your car in the MASSIVE lot at the Disney Transportation Center, you’ll find each section marked as … Read More

healthy edible play-dough

Healthy Edible Play Doh

My original intention for this recipe was to make a healthier version of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The sandwich idea definitely tasted great but unfortunately, the filling didn’t stick very well to the bread. When some of the peanut butter filling fell onto my toddler’s tray, he began to roll it between his hands and exclaimed “I’m making a peanut butter snake!”    Since I’m a big proponent of encouraging kids to play with their food, I rolled with this change to my intended recipe. Who needs delicious homemade sourdough bread anyway? We had a great rest of the lunch making … Read More