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“Tree of Life” Breastfeeding Selfies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  What better way to show love than to breastfeed your child.  Our post today will show you how to make one of the stunning “Tree of Life” breastfeeding Selfies that you might have seen around.  Enjoy!

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Here are some more equally stunning photo illustrations.

Here is the campaign to normalize breastfeeding with even more stunning photos.

Please post your pictures to our Facebook page.  We would love to see them!

 

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Zucchini Boats

A family favorite in my household are zucchini boats.  There are tons of different ways to make them and all of them can use your WIC benefits. The kiddos can even help to make them.  Add a sail to them and I’m sure they will gobble them up.

They also freeze well, so those nights you don’t feel like cooking, pull some boats out of the freezer and wallah dinner is ready.

Have you ever made zucchini boats before?  Share your family’s favorite recipes below in the comments.

Zucchini Boats

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large or 4 small zucchini
  • ½lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1/2 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • cumin (to taste)
  • onion powder (to taste)
  • chili powder (to taste)
  • hot sauce (to taste) optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice your zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides to create a shell. Save the insides!
  3. Place your zucchini on a baking sheet with the skins down and sprinkle with pepper
  4. Bake the zucchini for 15 – 20 minutes
  5. While the zucchini is baking brown the ground beef in a skillet
  6. While the beef is cooking chop your veggies including the insides of the zucchini
  7. Once the beef is fully cooked add in the rest of the veggies
  8. Cover the skillet and cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have cooked thoroughly
  9. Add cheese, leaving some to top the boats at the very end
  10. Remove the zucchini from the oven and place the mixture in the two halves.
  11. Top with the rest of the cheese and bake another 10-20 minutes depending how soft you want your zucchini

Bon appétit!  Enjoy!

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Breastfeeding after Your Baby Gets Teeth

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Your baby’s first tooth probably will appear after six months, though some babies are born with one or more teeth. In other cases teeth don’t appear until the child is almost a year old. Many mothers decide that it’s time to stop breastfeeding when they first notice a tooth. Usually this is because the baby has nipped the breast at the end of a feeding session or because the mother fears she will be bitten. Yet many babies with teeth (or those who are teething) never bite when breastfeeding.

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How to Prevent a Breastfeeding Baby from Biting

  • If baby has sprouted a tooth and you are concerned that baby may nip you as a feeding ends: Keep your finger ready to break the suction and remove your breast as soon as the rhythmic suckling stops (and before your baby starts to drift off or feel playful).
  • If baby has already bitten: Say no firmly and then remove the baby from your breast. Try to keep this action as bland and matter-of-fact as possible. Too much anger or even amusement may interest your baby enough to make baby want to repeat the experiment again. Once baby realizes that biting means no more breast, baby will learn to hold back the impulse.

How to Prevent Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay

Once your baby’s teeth have begun to come in, it is important to keep in mind that even breastfeeding babies are sometimes inclined to baby-bottle tooth decay (BBTD). This is a major cause of dental cavities in infants that can also cause serious damage to permanent teeth later on. BBTD results from teeth being coated in almost any liquid other than water for long periods of time. Research shows that human milk by itself does not promote tooth decay. But breastfeeding infants who fall asleep while nursing with unswallowed milk in their mouths are also vulnerable to tooth decay. Beyond the first year, dental caries—tooth decay—can occur in toddlers who receive sugary liquids in a bottle or who are nursing and eating foods with sugar and carbohydrates. Make a point of removing your breast from your baby’s mouth once asleep.

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Tips to Promote Dental Health Right from the Start

Your pediatrician will check your baby’s teeth as part of the well-child visits during the first year of life and beyond.

  • To stimulate healthy gums and good oral hygiene: Wipe the gums at least once a day, beginning at birth, even before any teeth have erupted in your child’s mouth.
  • After teeth break through: Wiping the gums and teeth with a piece of gauze or a damp cloth after feedings and before bedtime will help maintain good oral hygiene.

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For more information contact the WIC office at 440-998-7515.

This information was adapted from HealthyChildren.org. To read the full article Click Here.

 

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Top 10 Reasons Why Soup is Good for You

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1. You can freeze leftover soup in individual servings. Then on busy nights, you can pull something healthy out of the freezer to heat up. Great for new and breastfeeding moms, especially if there are other toddlers running around!

2. Cream soups are a great way to get calcium for people who don’t like to drink milk.

3. You can use leftover vegetables, their cooking water, and leftover meats.

4. Soup may provide 3 or more servings of vegetables, all in one bowl!

5. Fill up a crock pot in the morning and cook slowly until dinner.

6. Soup is packed with nutrients since they all stay in the broth.

7. It makes your kitchen smell delicious!

8. You only need to wash one pot!

9. It warms you up on chilly days.

10. Soup costs little to make.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Try this Chicken Tortilla Soup!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen corn (or 1 can of corn)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1 pound of cooked chopped chicken
  • ½ a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • juice from 1 lime

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Simmer on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly heated.
  3. Serve with fresh avocado, tortilla strips and cheddar cheese.

In the comments below tell us your families favorite soup recipe.

 

 

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January is National Birth Defect Prevention Month

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January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. The theme for 2017 is “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection.” We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. But, we also know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by reducing their risk of getting an infection during pregnancy.

Did you know that birth defects are common? Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies every year and cause 1 in 5 infant deaths. For many babies born with a birth defect, there is no family history of the condition. The cause of most birth defects is unknown but there are several things that a mom can do to decrease the chance of her child having a birth defect.

  • Take folic acid, even if you are not planning on having a baby
  • Have regular medical checkups
  • Make sure medical conditions, such as diabetes, are under control
  • Wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom; touching raw meat, uncooked eggs, or unwashed vegetables; handling pets; gardening; or caring for small children
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol or take any drugs. When a mother uses cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs, or is exposed to infectious diseases, the baby is also exposed!

Click here for “Ten Things You Need to Know about Birth Defects”.

Click here for Brochure – “Preventing birth defects” or Click here for the brochure in Spanish.

Click here for “Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects – Make a PACT for Prevention.”

Contact the WIC office for more information!

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Setting Family Goals for 2017

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Happy New Year! A new year is the beginning of a new chapter.  It’s a wonderful time to set goals not just for yourself, but for your whole family.

Jill Castle, MS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian and childhood nutrition expert.  She recently did a podcast on “Setting Family Goals for 2017”. To listen to the podcast Click Here or go to: http://jillcastle.com/podcast/tnc-021-family-nutrition-goals-2017/. Jill will talk about:

  • The data around New Year’s resolution setting and why they may not work for you
  • The six reasons Jill likes goal-setting over resolutions
  • How to think about goals so you achieve them
  • The keys to successful achievement of your goals (what it takes…)
  • The secret to getting things crossed off your list…in other words, done
  • Why your WHY is a big motivator

You  have to look back in order to look forward. How you move forward may differ from person to person.  In this podcast, Jill will talk about the benefits of goal setting for the coming year for your whole family including the baby all the way up to the parents.

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We can’t wait to hear what your goals are for 2017!