Extended Breastfeeding
    October 5, 2010
    Extended Breastfeeding

    So I’ve been thinking about extended breastfeeding. I think about a lot of things, about earthquakes and cat poop and grass stains and strawberries dipped in chocolate.  So you might as well just p…

    Fast Facts about Organic Milk
    June 4, 2010
    Fast Facts about Organic Milk

    Many of the regulations that allow dairy products to carry the label “certified organic” revolve around farming practices. In general, organic milk should come from cows that eat only organic food…

    As Easy as One, Two, Three: Simple Rules to Help Make Choices that are Great for Families and the Environment
    May 24, 2010
    As Easy as One, Two, Three: Simple Rules to Help Make Choices that are Great for Families and the Environment

    You may be surprised to know that, pound for pound, kids eat more food, drink more liquids and inhale more fumes than adults. That’s why, according to the EPA, carcinogens in our environment are on …

    There is No Such Thing as Free Infant Formula
    April 29, 2010
    There is No Such Thing as Free Infant Formula

    Most new mothers are inundated with formula samples and coupons everywhere they turn.  Signing up for those free baby magazines can automatically place your name on a mailing list that formula compan…

    Another Reason We Must Support Nursing Moms
    April 7, 2010
    Another Reason We Must Support Nursing Moms

    A new Harvard analysis has calculated what we could accomplish if 90 percent of babies drank only breast milk for the first six months of life. The starting point for this analysis was a group of ten …

    Crying baby in a stripped onesie
    August 21, 2009
    Colic Improved by Probiotics?

    The long crying spasms of colic can be exhausting for parents and babies alike. Because babies with colic have been shown in some studies to have fewer species of beneficial bacteria in their intestin…

    MOMS – Making Our Milk Safe
    September 9, 2008
    MOMS – Making Our Milk Safe

    During a week-long beach vacation marked more by flash flooding than sunblock, three friends and I sat together nursing our five infants, (Nico, Olivia, Stella, Hazel and Sam,) and sharing endless pin…

    Pie in the Face: Eczema and the Surprising Timing of Cheese
    July 18, 2008
    Pie in the Face: Eczema and the Surprising Timing of Cheese

    Eczema rates are careening upwards in children around the world. It’s now a big slice on the pie chart, affecting up to 1/3 of all kids in Western societies. Is the timetable for starting certain fo…

    Nipple Creams
    May 29, 2008
    Nipple Creams

    The FDA warned on May 23, 2008 that using Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream may harm nursing babies, citing concerns about toxic ingredients potentially causing serious side effects such as “difficulty i…

    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema
    May 26, 2008
    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    Getting plenty of DHA, one of the important omega-3 fats found in breast milk, could help to prevent allergies, asthma, and eczema in young children. Dr. Eileen Birch, who has previously studied links…

    A Hidden Benefit of Breast Feeding
    May 14, 2008
    A Hidden Benefit of Breast Feeding

    Breast feeding may help protect you from a painful, sometimes even crippling, condition later in life. Okay, I don't think this benefit will be the deciding factor for starting or continuing breastfee…

    DHA and Diarrhea
    April 8, 2008
    DHA and Diarrhea

    I received a letter expressing concern that some babies do not tolerate formula with added DHA/ARA and that parents are not aware of this possibility. DHA and ARA are important fatty acids, present na…

    What Is Pediatric GERD and How Can You Treat It?
    March 28, 2008
    What Is Pediatric GERD and How Can You Treat It?

    About one in five babies are excessively fussy (often called colic). Babies may cry for many reasons, but the latest research suggests that at least 40% of these fussy kids may actually be suffering f…

    Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes
    March 17, 2008
    Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes

    Taking vitamin D drops in the first year of life may help prevent kids from developing type 1 diabetes, according to a study released March 13, 2008 in Archives of Disease in Childhood. The study is a…

    Does Your Child Need a Multivitamin?
    September 6, 2007
    Does Your Child Need a Multivitamin?

    You know that it is wise to back up your computer’s hard drive; I recommend backing up your child’s food drive with a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. This simple habit could improve your ch…

    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia
    April 25, 2007
    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    In the modern United Kingdom, about 12 percent of all normal, healthy, full-term babies are hospitalized at least once in their first 8 months of life. Many of these hospitalizations are for pneumonia…

    Changing Colic Culture
    January 11, 2007
    Changing Colic Culture

    How about a fresh approach? What if simply giving probiotics to babies would dramatically reduce the vexing symptoms of colic? What if the crying and distress of colic were related to the mix of bacte…

    Breastfeeding and Epidurals
    December 11, 2006
    Breastfeeding and Epidurals

    I think that all women who have had epidurals deserve breastfeeding support during their babies' first week of life. Of course, a lactation consultant can be a great idea for any new mother, but recen…

    Raising a Resilient Child
    August 5, 2006
    Raising a Resilient Child

    It's natural for parents to wish that they could prevent their children from experiencing heartache. But at some point in life, we will all experience disappointment and loss. We can't stop all painfu…

    Bedwetting and Baby Food
    July 26, 2006
    Bedwetting and Baby Food

    Early childhood nutrition is fundamental to how the brain and nervous system develop. Babies' brains are structurally different, depending on what they eat in the first two years of life. Optimal nutr…