Weaning Your Child From Breastfeeding

Weaning is a natural stage in your baby’s development.   It is the gradual process of giving your baby other foods while continuing to breastfeed. Breastfeeding as long as you can is the best thing for your baby. As you introduce your baby to new foods, you can...

Vitamin D

Babies need vitamin D for healthy growth and development. Babies who are breastfed should get 400 IU (international units) per day. Babies in northern communities (north of 55° latitude, which is about the level of Edmonton) or who have other risk factors (such as...

Iron needs of babies and children

Iron is a mineral that babies and children need for good health and development.Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen to all cells in the body. Our bodies need iron to make hemoglobin. Iron gives red blood cells their colour. When you don’t...

Food allergy vs. food intolerance

There is no evidence that avoiding certain foods will prevent allergy in your child. There is no evidence that soy-based formula will prevent your child from developing an allergy. It isn’t recommended that you delay introducing a food beyond 6 months of age to try to...

Feeding your baby in the first year

Feeding your baby in the first year of life is an exciting adventure for parents and babies alike. It’s about development, nutrition, curiosity, sharing and learning. Attachmentalso grows as you go about your daily routine with your baby. You can help your baby...

Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the best food you can offer your new baby. At about 6 months, your baby will be ready for other foods, but you can continue breastfeeding until your child is 2 years of age and beyond. Breast milk: Is naturally and uniquely produced—by each mother for...

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