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One-Year Checkup

Today Calvin has his one-year visit with the pediatrician. I asked them to check his iron levels, as I was curious if they would be in normal range. Despite never having iron-fortified formula or food and despite never having taken vitamins, he was in a normal range.

Is Iron Supplementation Necessary? For the breastfed baby, the answer is usually “no.”


September 15, 2009 Posted by | all things baby, crunchy | | Comments Off on One-Year Checkup

Breastfeeding Myths

As if those first few weeks of breastfeeding weren’t challenging enough, you may soon find that you are overwhelmed by conflicting information. Seven common breastfeeding myths:

You have to eat a special diet. The truth is that you could live on junk food and your baby would still get the nutrients that he needs. (Whether you would get the nutrients that you need is a different story!) There are not any foods that you need to avoid. Even the occasional soda, coffee or wine will not have an adverse affect on your milk. [1] Women all over the world have varying diets depending on their culture.  You do have to consume an adequate number of calories in order to sustain your milk production, but in the industrialized West this is not a problem that most mothers face. Continue reading

August 28, 2009 Posted by | all things baby, motherhood | | 2 Comments