Feeding Sense

Feeding Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:22+00:00

Preparing for the holidays

The festive season is upon us and for many of us that means a break away or at least time when we take leave and can be with our babies full time or have dad home too. There are five challenge points that often arise for parents of new babies and toddlers: how to keep a routine when things get spontaneous and fun; how to pack for outings and holiday; what outings to choose; how to travel with a toddler and how to sustain energy with the demands of the [...]

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Crying – Preventing and Managing Colic

There are few things in life as hard as trying to sooth a colicky baby. Babies are labeled as having colic if they cry extensively – more than three hours a day in the first three months of life. Colic (meaning abdominal discomfort) is in fact a misnomer as only 5% of babies have digestive problems. This means that changing feeding methods, cutting out ‘gas producing’ foods and giving your baby medicine for ‘reflux’ is in all likelihood not going to make the difference (unless your baby is one of [...]

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Optimal Nutrition for Toddlers

The toddler years bring a whole new set of challenges for parents. Your toddler will be asserting his autonomy and ‘will’ in almost every scenario. From sleep time to outings, you will be experiencing a battle of wills at times. Meal times are often where the battles are most vehemently fought: the more desperate you become to get the nutrients in, the more stubbornly, your toddler refuses to eat. Sound familiar? Well research tells us that battles at mealtimes are the one battle we as parents should not be taking [...]

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Weaning 101

Weaning your baby is possibly one of the most contentious and conflicted areas of parenting and one that you are likely to hear a huge amount of conflicting information about. Let’s look at 5 core concepts that will help you make sense of weaning: Babies wean at different ages according to when they are ready and need solids. Do not offer your baby solids before 4 months of age but do try to have started the process by 6 months of age. Watch her cue’s for readiness – interest in [...]

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Preparing to breastfeed

Our bodies are magically designed to produce milk and regardless of how you prepare or don’t prepare to breastfeed, your breasts will start to produce small amounts of colostrum – a creamy milk that will ooze in drops from your breasts from between 27 weeks gestation to the end of pregnancy. Being prepared The best way to prepare to breastfeed is to talk to a lactation consultant as they are experts. Another way is to watch another woman feed and get tips on how to hold and latch your baby. [...]

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B of COLLAB weaning

COLLAB is an approach to weaning we speak about in the Weaning Sense book. The last letter of COLLAB weaning stands for Baby-friendly. Baby-friendly weaning recognises that as your little one grows, he develops self-regulation and learns to take control of his feeding and eating habits. Being Baby-friendly is all about facilitating your baby’s self-mastery in all areas, including feeding, right through the toddler years. It is the best way to prevent fussy toddler eating. So how do we do this: Acknowledge and respect his hunger and full signals – [...]

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Make it easy, Moms

Becoming a new mom is like being in the MasterChef kitchen, with a box of ingredients and given 90 minutes to produce a gourmet dish in competition to a chef you idolize! It’s a pressure test without a recipe– no wonder we have those days when we are more than a little overwhelmed. There are three ways we can gain a semblance of control over the pressures of motherhood: Managing time pressure – Like a cake in the oven, your little one will seem to need immediate attention and unless [...]

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The breastfeeding / bonding connection

It’s February – the month of love. While most of us have experienced the love of a parent or the passion for a lover, we are generally unprepared for the overwhelming love we have for our babies. It’s this love that is the key to the survival of the human species. Our immature young are nurtured for a long time and with great vigilance simply because we fall illogically, utterly in love. The brain is masterfully designed to release the love hormone, Oxytocin, exactly when we need it – when [...]

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COLLAB Weaning

Just as you and your little one master breastfeeding and a happy feeding pattern emerges, you will start to turn your mind to when and what to introduce as his/her first meals. Transitioning your baby from an exclusive milk diet onto solid food brings with it many questions – When is the right time? How will I know when my baby is ready? And exactly what should I be offering my baby as a first food? You will find there is a lot of advice available, which ranges from ‘introduce [...]

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Food that feeds the body well

I have always had an interest in wholesome foods and have tried to feed my children healthy ingredients in the food I prepare. It can be confusing to know what is wholesome and what is marketing hype and ultimately what is best to feed your little one. In Weaning Sense, we tried to separate the noise from the facts, because a lot of what we hear is not truly fact. During the launch period of Weaning Sense we have been asked many questions about GMO, organic, allergens etc. I wanted [...]

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