Friday, February 22, 2019
What the Heck IS Folic Acid? With all the appointments and tests that occur during pregnancy, it’s hard to keep track of everything and easy to question, “Is all of this really necessary?” My patients often ask me "Do I...
My husband desperately wants a dog. He grew up with dogs and thinks every kid deserves an animal companion. Madi also loves being around animals - especially “puppies” (as she calls them). I don’t know whether or not we...

Sun Safety for Babies

Can babies wear sunscreen? How old do they have to be to wear sunscreen? Can you even take a baby into the sun? Surprisingly, thus far in my career no one yet has asked me about baby sunscreen and...
Medical professionals say that solids can be introduced to an infant around 4-6 months old, and the first foods introduced should be iron-rich. As a first time mom, I was nervous to introduce solid food. How would I know...
Every fall is the time of year for you and your little one to get your flu shot! As a mom, watching Madi be uncomfortable or cry while she gets her shot can be extremely stressful, but I take...
Before starting Med school, I remember being told that we should avoids peanuts and other common allergens (like tree nuts, other legumes, etc.) until a baby is a year of age and that we should especially avoid peanuts prior...
Going through medical school and learning about the growing epidemic of childhood obesity has made more conscious of the food I prepare for Madi. One family dynamic I never expected to develop was the conflict between grandparents and parents...
When I was going through medical school I was told that babies need vitamin D supplementation for healthy bone development. Breast milk does not naturally contain vitamin D, but formula does. The Canadian Pediatric Association recommendations for breastfed babies...

Breastfeeding Struggles

As a physician, I have counselled on the benefits of breastfeeding. I always encouraged breastfeeding as it’s more affordable, helps with bonding, and has health benefits to both the infant and mother. Over the years I had new moms come...