If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||If every feeding is painful or your baby isn't gaining weight, ask a lactation consultant or your baby's doctor for help ||Reading aloud will help your baby be a better reader when she's older ||Don’t rush into solving your kid's problems. Give him the chance to conclude, all on his own, that things are going to be okay. ||Whenever possible, don't get involved in your kids' clash. Step in only if there's a danger of physical harm. ||Toddler's appetite may change almost daily. Let her be the judge of how much she needs and wants to eat. ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||Your baby's foot may seem flat, but that's because a layer of fat covers the arch. Within two to three years, this extra padding will disappear. ||Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||When your infant is carried, he should be oriented toward the carrying adult ||
Mercury in fish and shellfish

 

Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children’s proper growth and development. So, women and young children in particular should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the many nutritional benefits. However, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. The risks from mercury in fish and shellfish depend on the amount of fish and shellfish eaten and the levels of mercury in the fish and shellfish. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

By following these 3 recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury:

    • Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Tilefish. They contain high levels of mercury. 
    • Eat up to 340 grams (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Another commonly eaten fish, albacore (“white”) tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to140 grams (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.
    • Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 140 grams (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don’t consume any other fish during that week.

 

Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish and shellfish to your young child, but serve smaller portions.

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