Back to Work

I’m back. Returning to work after my maternity leave has meant that I am now using my brain again! Not that I haven’t used my brain in the last 3 months, it’s just that it is a different sort of thinking. I’ve had to do a ton of parenting research and test theories by trial and error, but at the end of the day, as long as I’ve outsmarted a 2 ½-year-old and a 3-month-old, I consider it a success. I thought it would be easier with a second child, but apparently there are many more surprises and no rules. I look forward to solving a wider variety of problems and multi-tasking with phone calls and emails instead of bottles and diapers.

So, in order to prepare myself, I have been loading up on my prenatal vitamins (still important especially if nursing), vitamin D and omega-3’s. There is so much research on the importance of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA found in omega 3’s, particularly when it comes to memory, focus and brain health in general, that these are a real a no-brainer to take. Continue reading “Back to Work”

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5 Tips for Your Diet While Breastfeeding

Nursing is a personal and often controversial decision to make. Many factors affect a woman’s choice to breastfeed, but if you do choose to do it, keep in mind that what you put in your mouth can impact your baby’s health as well.  Here are some tips to help you eat well, stay hydrated and produce quality milk for your little one.

1. Drink plenty of fluids. Most women should be aiming for 10 cups of water per day. This is especially important for milk production.

2. In The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning, Martha and William Sears, M.D. recommend the following 12 foods as part of a healthy breastfeeding diet: avocado, chickpeas, eggs, fish, flax seeds and flax oil, kidney beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, tofu, tomatoes, whole grains and yogurt. Each of these foods contains important nutrients such as protein, folic acid, fiber and other essential vitamins. Continue reading “5 Tips for Your Diet While Breastfeeding”

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