The Long Game: Promoting Positive Relationships with Food

“I wish that they would eat more vegetables.”

“He won’t eat anything that’s not macaroni and cheese.”

“She has such a sweet-tooth – I think that she would eat candy forever if she could!”

“My child eats when bored or upset.  How do I help them stop?”

“I want my child to have a healthy relationship with food, so I don’t want to make it a stressful topic.  How do I do that and still help them make healthy choices?”

Healthy eating is obviously important to health and well-being, and it’s something that every family has to grapple with in one way or another. Our relationship with food is important, but it’s also complicated. Many parents feel pulled in multiple directions when trying to help their children develop healthy eating habits.

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Breastmilk Oversupply – Is This a Problem?

You may be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding and/or breastmilk for both the baby and the mother. These include, but are not limited to fewer and shorter illnesses for the baby and reduced cancer risk for moms. The American Academy of Pediatrics “recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.” Most mothers in the US attempt to breastfeed and one of the most common hurdles mothers face is low milk supply. The opposite of low milk supply, oversupply can also be a problem. One may wonder why oversupply is a problem, more of a good thing is usually good, right?  Read more

Meet Lydia

When parents learn their child will be born with a cleft lip and/or palate, they are often concerned and even scared. And it’s natural to experience fear – fear over what it will mean for their new child’s health and even her or his future well-being. During what are often emotional discussions, I try to answer all their questions and above all, reassure them that we can help. An extensive health care team – from surgeons and dentists to speech pathologists and genetic experts – will be with them every step of the way.

And there is someone else that I hope can help in the process – hearing from one of my patients, Lydia.
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Off to Big Kids’ School: Preparing for Kindergarten

“I’m a little graduate

Aren’t you proud of me?

I know my numbers and ABCs

I made lots of friends and had fun, too

Now, I’m off to big kids’ school!”

The sweet little ditty my son Benjamin and his classmates sang at junior-K graduation, to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot,” was enough to turn this mama into an emotional puddle. (And don’t even get me started on the caps and gowns.)

I blinked, and five years just flew by. Our baby boy is (proudly) off to kindergarten.

Soon, we’ll be scouring Target and Amazon to check off our list of supplies, and loading up the Kylo Ren backpack. As summer begins and we prepare for The Big Day around the bend, two big questions loom in my heart and my mind: Read more

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