blogs about weaning in Ireland
How much should my baby eat?

How much should my baby eat?

There is no evidence to suggest that you should measure what you are offering your baby. Understanding your baby’s hunger and fullness cues & nutritional requirements is a better approach for both you and your baby.

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Balancing Breastfeeds and Solid food for my Baby

Balancing Breastfeeds and Solid food for my Baby

I was thinking of starting to wean BF to prepare for going back to work. I now feel confident that I can balance both and continue for much longer. Thank you both for this webinar, I actually feel slightly emotional that I’II be able to carry on for longer than I thought.

Thank you both so much for this session, I found both parts very helpful and it seemed like exactly what I needed at just the right time.

Many thanks for this course, so helpful and practical. I work as a GP so will be sure to recommend to patients in future.

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I’m thinking about weaning my baby on a vegetarian diet….

I’m thinking about weaning my baby on a vegetarian diet….

Plant based diets can be lower in sources of fat. Which might seem beneficial for some adults or even older children however, fat is an important energy and fat soluble vitamin source for babies, so this needs to be replaced with non animal fat alternatives. It’s also worth considering if there is any risk of allergy in the family. We know that delaying the introduction of potential allergens can actually lead to increased risk of an allergy. So if you don’t plan to provide fish or shellfish to your baby, do you need to consider offering this food a couple of times to avoid an allergy? This may be worth discussing with a registered dietitian to help your individual situation. 

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Help! Could my Child have Coeliac Disease?

Help! Could my Child have Coeliac Disease?

The first step to receiving a diagnosis is to discuss the symptoms with a healthcare professional. It may be suggested that your child have a coeliac screen, which is a simple blood test.

It is essential that your child is on a gluten containing diet before testing. 

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Are Nutritional Supplements bad for the environment?

Are Nutritional Supplements bad for the environment?

And while those promoting mass supplementation are also advocating a reduction in the consumption of processed foods – one has to wonder, do nutritional supplements not also fall into the processed foods category? 

‘Processed food refers to any food item that has been altered from its natural state through various industrial or culinary methods. These alterations can involve cooking, preservation, packaging, adding additives or preservatives, or altering its form to enhance flavor, texture, appearance, or shelf life’.

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Top Tips for Picky Eaters …..

Top Tips for Picky Eaters …..

Consider what you can do outside mealtimes to invoke curiosity around food and help your picky eater. Food activity and Sticker books are a great way to help your child get curious about foods with no pressure to eat them. Here are some of my family’s favourites….

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Are we getting Childhood Obesity ALL wrong?

Are we getting Childhood Obesity ALL wrong?

I don’t talk about ‘obesity’ often. I have been contacted by a lot of parents looking for help for their overweight child or a child ‘above a healthy weight’ as I prefer to say. I also happened to be in a fast food/ garage forecourt as a nearby secondary school closed recently. I sat and watched the young teens descend upon the shop & couldn’t help but wonder ‘what the hell?!’

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Fruit Pouches – Top Tips!

Fruit Pouches – Top Tips!

My tips when buying readymade baby food:

  1. If you wouldn’t eat it yourself then don’t make it a regular part of your child’s diet.

  2. The more commercial baby foods your baby eats – the less they will develop a taste for the foods you make yourself.

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Raising Intuitive Eaters.

Raising Intuitive Eaters.

As parents, we want our children to live a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle. Raising intuitive eaters can contribute to this.

When you are eating with your child, do you notice when your child decides when they have enough to eat? How do you react? Do you encourage your child to eat more?

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