milk for babies: a dietitian’s guide to safely introducing baby to milk

does my baby need milk?

I get a lot of questions about milk for babies… like when should I be introducing baby to milk, or how much milk should they drink? Your baby definitely needs milk, but the type of milk is key, depending on the baby’s age. Babies’ stomachs are small, and they grow fast. Everything that enters their mouths needs to contribute to their growth. The reason milk for babies is so important is because it provides these nutritional benefits to help them grow: fat and calories minerals vitamins some protein babies only need one milk at a time If you’re providing breast milk … Read More

filling food – 9 foods to keep your hunger away

filling food 9 foods to keep your hunger away

The reason a lot of people struggle when trying to lose weight is because they choose low calorie foods instead of reaching for a more filling food.  Do I have your attention? Did you think low calorie foods are the secret to losing weight?! Yeah, well the problem with a lot of low calorie foods is that they don’t keep you feeling full for long. If you’re hungry within an hour of eating, it’s going to be hard to concentrate on anything other than food until your next meal. And if you haven’t planned a healthy snack in between meals, … Read More

milk alternatives: a dietitian’s definitive guide

Milk alternatives -how to pick the right one for you and your family's needs

Dairy milk and vegan (plant-based) milk alternatives are not created equal! Learn how to choose the best milk beverage for you and your family’s UNIQUE nutritional needs.   Not too long ago you only had two choices when it came to buying milk: dairy or soy. Now there’s a whole aisle dedicated to all the plant-based milk alternatives! You could probably use a little help choosing your milk alternative, or figuring out if you should just stick with milk! Table of contents: Description of milks and alternatives Dairy varieties Kefir Goat Soy Nut Coconut Hemp Rice Oat Pea Nutrition comparison … Read More

the whole 30 – a Dietitian’s review

whole 30 review dietitian

I get asked about the Whole 30 diet on a regular basis. I guess it’s pretty popular? About time I let you know what this dietitian thinks! what is the whole 30? Founders Melissa and Dallas Hartwig have put together a strict elimination diet that you’re supposed to follow for 30 days. And when I say strict, I mean strict. They even go so far as to say “Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip.” If you accidentally eat something on the “avoid” list, you’re required to restart back at day one. Ouch. The aim of the diet is to “put … Read More

my breastfeeding story

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

breastfeeding quiz: test your knowledge!

Breastfeeding is an amazing thing a woman’s body is capable of doing! Take this fun breastfeeding quiz to see how much you know about the process.  For a little “breastfeeding 101” and to read stories from breastfeeding mamas, check out this guide!

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

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”… 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