Being a mom in today’s world can be overwhelming sometimes. The amount of information available to you, on what to do, how to do it and why you should, can seem daunting and very confusing. Which information is best? Who should you seek out for advice? And the list goes on…………………….
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The best way to help your children build healthy eating habits is to encourage them to:
Healthy eating is part of healthy living. It’s important to engage and encourage your children to be active, spend time outdoors and have a variety of interests.
HERE ARE SOME HEALTHY EATING TIPS
Plan and schedule 3 meals and 2 snacks every day.
When introducing a new food, do so after they’ve had a day of fresh air and exercise so they’re hungry at mealtime. When its time, serve a small sample of the new food so they can get used to it.
Setting a snacking routine is more likely to help them try new foods at mealtimes, as they will be hungrier than should they be allowed to snack throughout the day.
Involve your children in the shopping process. Make a game of it and let them choose the fruits and vegetables they’d like.
Have your children try everything on their plate, but allow for one free pass each week. If they don’t use their pass all week, reward them on Sunday with 10 extra minutes of playtime before bed.
Feeding your children at specific times per day, for both meals and snacks, will help maintain their appetite.
If feeding issues arise, talk to your healthcare professional about evaluating the cause.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS OF THE 5 FOOD GROUPS
Reference: Choose My Plate. Available at: https://www.choosemyplate.gov./ Date Accessed: October 2019.
HELPFUL DO’S & DON’TS
Breastfeeding is the best source of infant nutrition. Good maternal nutrition is important for the preparation and maintenance of breast-feeding. When thinking of using infant formula, a mother should be aware of (i) the financial and social implications of formula feeding, (ii) the difficulty of reversing the decision not to breast-feed and (iii) the care that must be taken to prevent partial formula feeding from interfering with lactation. In addition, proper preparation of powder or concentrated liquid infant formula requires the use of boiled water for the purposes of mixing formula and cleaning implements and the manufacturer’s mixing instructions must always be followed. Improper mixing or preparation may make a baby sick. A healthcare professional should always be consulted before initiating formula feeding.