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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

On Nutrition: The optimal diet for a new baby

By Barbara Quinn



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I now know why grandparents claim to have the most beautiful grandchildren in the world. It is absolutely true. Little Frances Ann is just one week old and has already claimed my heart.

Like all newborns, Frances has some important basic needs. She needs love and nourishment and restful sleep. She needs to be clean and warm and dry. And she needs to be held and rocked often by her mom and dad and grandparents. I'm happy to report she's doing great on all these fronts.

Frances is thriving on her mommy's milk. After a few fits and starts (she wasn't too happy the night after her mom ate some onions for dinner) she seems to be on track with regular feedings every two to four hours.

Baby gear has changed since I was a new mom. (We didn't have all-terrain strollers, for example.) But when it comes to nutrition, Tom and Stephanie can be assured that some basic recommendations don't change.

Just this year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirmed its stance that "breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial source of nutrition and provides the healthiest start for infants."

And the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently confirmed that "exclusive breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first 6 months of life and breastfeeding with complementary foods from 6 months until at least 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants."

"Exclusive" breastfeeding means little Frances can receive all her nutritional needs from breastfeeding for her first six months of life with the exception of vitamin D. (Nutrition experts recommend all breastfed infants receive 400 IU of vitamin D within a few days of life and throughout childhood.) Around 6 months of age, she will be ready for additional foods to "complement" her nursing schedule.

Why is mom's milk so special? Frances gets the benefit of milk that is uniquely tailored to meet her nutritional needs. It is always ready at just the right temperature when she is hungry. And it stays safe and sterile in convenient containers her mom can take anywhere.

What beautiful little pursed lips Frances has! And nursing helps promote the proper alignment of her jaw and teeth as she grows, say child development experts.

As Frances grows and develops, the composition of her mom's milk will change to meet her needs perfectly. And breast milk contains substances that help protect her from ear infections, tummy upsets and other childhood maladies. Research also shows that breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight or to have high blood pressure when they grow up.

Mommies benefit from breastfeeding as well. Stephanie is burning about 500 additional calories each day to produce milk for her infant. That can help her return to her pre-pregnancy weight. And good evidence now shows that moms who breastfeed their offspring lower their risk for certain diseases such as breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.

It may be a while before Frances learns to appreciate the hot chile food her dad likes. But it's nice to know she is getting optimal nutrition from her mom's milk during this time of rapid growth and development. I'm sure that makes her even more beautiful!

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Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.



Previously:


Hay is for horses

Questions about nitrites and nitrates
Confusing concepts
Nutrition nursery rhymes
Understanding sweeteners
Ups and downs of birthdays
Genetically modified foods
Fun with potatoes
Sugar questions
Yeast infection diet
Questions from readers
Beware of the hCG diet
Diets that work
Pregnancy advice from mom
Terminology review
Thoughts for the New Year
Reasons to have a cup of tea
What's new for 2012
Applications for healthy living
Clarifying organic terminology
Facts about type 1 diabetes
Myths and facts about diabetes
Food Still Better Than Supplements
Celiac questions


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