I am often asked, "What foods should I stay away from when I'm breastfeeding?"
Actually, you don't have to be on a strict diet when you're breastfeeding. Your baby has already been exposed to the foods you eat while you are pregnant by swallowing the amniotic fluid around them in the womb.
On November 30, 2010, the U.S. and Canada released new guidelines for calcium and vitamin D intake. The vitamin D guidelines have long been awaited as there is tremendous interest in health effects of vitamin D. I have been privileged to participate in the development of these new as well as the previous guidelines. Here are some key points related to vitamin D and children:
Even though shops began advertising Christmas before Halloween this year, it's really time to get ready for the holidays now. I am well aware of the parental desire to buy gifts that will inspire envy across the neighborhood... but I want to make a plea today — for parents to think about safety first when buying toys this year.
I'm always amazed at the structured discipline that parents hold themselves to when getting their kids ready for bed. Almost on the clock: bath, story, bed. And for good reason. Any parent worth their salt knows that successful sleep patterns begin with the repetition of a nightly routine. Routines tell children what's about to happen and what's expected of them. Rituals create order for children.