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Many new mothers wonder when they should stop breastfeeding and if a replacement is needed when they do. After one year, some may choose to switch from breastmilk (or formula) and start feeding their child cows milk. But is that really necessary or even healthy?

Research has shown that the benefits of breastmilk do not disappear after your child reaches one year. In fact, it is perfectly normal––and beneficial––to continue to breastfeed for as long as you like. Weaning generally starts around six months when you begin to introduce solid foods to your child. As your child eats more solid foods, they will naturally start to consume less breastmilk. While this is a gradual process, breastmilk (or formula) should still provide the majority of calories until the child is around one year old. Interestingly, the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond. 

But, why is it that society seemingly encourages mothers to switch from their...

September 12, 2018

As children are getting back into the swing of the new school year, now is a great time to reflect on what your family has been eating and reassess if everyone is eating a healthy, balanced diet. If you felt like your family hasn’t made the most healthful choices over the summer, now is the time to start making some changes.

Here are my favorite ways to reinvigorate healthy eating habits for the family.

  • Check out a local farmers market and challenge everyone (even the adults!) to try something new. If you don’t know how you would prepare a new vegetable, ask the farmer!

  • Take your children grocery shopping or have them help you cook family meals. When children help with preparation they are more likely to try new foods.

  • Make family meal time a priority. Family meals have been shown to enhance academic success, promote healthy weight, and decrease behavior problems. Make it easier on yourself by using a slow cooker, planning, and preparing ahead of time.

  • Eat a rainbow...

Atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries” is a slow disease that starts in childhood and progresses over time. Heart disease causes heart attacks, stroke, and death. Given the devastating consequences and the fact that it progresses slowly overtime, parents should start thinking about what preventative, nutritional measures they can take to reduce the chances that their child will develop heart disease.

According to nutrition research expert, Dr. Michael Greger, by age 10, nearly all kids have fatty streaks in their arteries, the first stage of heart disease. Just one meal high in saturated fat can cause inflammation and damage your arteries.  Dietary cholesterol, saturated and trans fats are all particularly artery clogging. With the standard American diet being high in all three, it’s no wonder that heart disease is the number one killer of adult Americans.

Despite the problems that are associated with the standard American diet, there are simple changes that you and your family c...

One of the most vital considerations when planning a pregnancy is the nutrition of the mother. Implementing healthy eating habits before and during your pregnancy will typically reduce the risk of fetal malformations and miscarriage.  Eating a well balanced diet before you conceive has the potential to prevent these issues and possibly delay development of chronic disease. Understanding your nutritional needs is especially important if you have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or eating disorders.

Women should maintain a high degree of nutrition throughout their pregnancy to meet their increased needs. For example, pregnant women should include more foods high in folate, iron, and zinc. Despite the ubiquity of vitamins and nutritional shakes, these types of supplements are not a sufficient substitute for a well balanced diet during pregnancy. Proper planning is also important because nutritional deficiencies or excesses can harm your baby. Understanding your nutri...

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