IBS and the low FODMAPS diet

IBS and the Low FODMAPS Diet Podcast Season 2: Episode 7

Have you or your child been told you have “IBS”? Or do you or your child have ongoing GI symptoms of upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation, reflux, gas and bloating; but every doctor you’ve seen has said there is nothing wrong?

If so, you will want to hear this week’s podcast! Betsy and Jen explore a dietary treatment option for IBS that has been reported by some to have up to an 80 percent success rate! Not only that, but the diet is short-term and no medicines are required! read more

How much yogurt is too much

How Much Yogurt Is Too Much?

Do y0u have a toddler eating loads of yogurt? You’re in good company. Recently, a mom asked me the following: I have an 11 month old daughter who loves yogurt. She would eat it all day long. My question is: how much yogurt is too much?

Yogurt is a great food for most babies and toddlers!  A 2-4 oz serving of whole milk yogurt at mealtimes or snack times is perfect!  It is packed with calcium and also has a good amount of calories. Also, since most babies and toddlers are not great meat eaters, yogurt can be good protein source. Unfortunately, most of the yogurt marketed for kids is packed with sugar.  The kids’ section of the yogurt aisle at the grocery store is filled with yogurt with sprinkles, cookie bits and M&M’s.  A good option for an 11 month old is full-fat, plain, greek-style or strained yogurt. If you buy sweetened yogurt or a baby yogurt, look for a yogurt that has 5 grams of sugar or less per serving. You can sweeten yogurt naturally by mixing mashed banana in or other fruits. Lastly, greek-style yogurt stays on a spoon well, so it is a great food for babies and toddlers to eat to practice self-feeding (even though it can get a bit messy!) read more

Do breast-feeding babies need supplements

Ask Amanda: How Long Should I Breastfeed Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert Dietitian

As World Breastfeeding Week comes to an end, I think about a question that I often get asked as a pediatric dietitian and lactation consultant, which is: how long should I continue to breastfeed?

I recently heard a colleague refer to breastfeeding as a journey. I like this description because a journey does not imply a set beginning or end, it depicts a personal path. Breastfeeding is a journey or personal path that can be both rewarding and challenging for mothers and families. The answer to how long a mother should breastfed is: as long as it continues to work for that mother and her baby, whether that is two days, two weeks, two months, two years or longer. read more

Food Intolerance

Food Intolerances – Lactose and Beyond Series 2: Episode 6

Food intolerances is one of Betsy’s favorite nutrition topics and personal areas of expertise. Jen and Betsy explore the difference between a food intolerance and food allergy, as well as how to know if you have a food intolerance. Did you know it is more common for adults to have lactose intolerance than kids? But do you know that one out of every three kids has an intolerance to another sugar that can cause very similar symptoms to lactose intolerance? Listen in for more information and simple tips that could make a big difference in your child’s digestive health! read more

Drink more water

Ask Amanda: Drink More Water Your Questions Answered By Our Expert RD

This week’s Ask Amanda is a public service announcement of sorts from your friendly pediatric dietitian. Most of the kids and parents I have worked with this summer are not drinking enough water.

Water is important for everyone, including toddlers and kids, especially during the summer months when we tend to be outside more. In most cases, for healthy children, water is the very best fluid for hydration. It helps regulate our body temperature, helps with weight control and helps prevent and treat constipation! Dehydration can even negatively affect mood (in other words, it can actually make kids cranky). read more

Are protein bars healthy snacks for kids

What Parents Should Know About Protein Bars By Melanie Battaglia, MS, RDN, LDN

While protein bars are a convenient snack that can be used in ‘on the go’ situations for adults and children alike, many parents wonder if they are a good snack option for kids and teens. The answer, is that it depends on certain factors, such as time, access to whole food sources and diet quality. Protein bars are definitely a convenient way to hit protein goals on the go.

Is it healthy to eat a protein bar every day?

Protein bars are certainly useful for times when you don’t have time to prep a whole foods alternative and for when you need a non-perishable option. But, does that mean they’re a good option for every day that you or your child gets a lot of exercise? Whole foods containing protein should be used first if possible because not only do whole foods provide protein, but they also have natural sources of vitamins, fiber and nutrients. Whole food sources can also be more satisfying than a protein bar. Still, eating a protein bar every day can be healthy if a variety of other foods are eaten throughout the day. There are countless protein bars available and some are minimally processed that use food sources of protein, such as nuts and seeds. read more

Celiac: One Family's Journey Through a Surprising Diagnosis

Celiac: One Family’s Journey Through a Surprising Diagnosis Series 2 Episode 5

Join Betsy and Jen as they interview Dr. Jen Rubin, Children’s Neurologist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, as she shares the story of her family’s journey through the recent diagnosis of both EoE and Celiac in her 6 year old son, Grant. Jen’s thoughtful and honest reflection on how this diagnosis has affected her family is an episode not to miss.

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Kids (and adults!) with gastro-esophageal reflux

Kids (and adults!) with gastro-esophageal reflux Season 2: Episode 4

Betsy and Jen discuss their personal and family experience with reflux, as well as tips for management by diet. What foods and what timing affects symptoms? What makes reflux more tolerable? if you’ve struggled with the annoying problem, tune in for tips and ideas!

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drinking coffee while breastfeeding

Ask Amanda: Drinking Coffee While Breastfeeding Your Questions Answered By Our Expert RD

Hi Amanda.  Is it ok to drink coffee while breastfeeding? I keep seeing conflicting information about this.

Great question. One that many bleary-eyed, sleep deprived breastfeeding moms have questions about. The answer is yes, but read on to learn about what the science says.

The caffeine in coffee does enter breastmilk but in fairly small amounts. While there is some differing research, the general consensus is that 200-300 mg of caffeine per day consumed by a breastfeeding mom (or the equivalent of two 8 oz cups of coffee) is considered safe for breastfed babies. read more

Eosino with Dr. Vince Biank

Eosino-WHAT??? with Dr. Vince Biank Season 2: Episode 3

Jen and Betsy are very excited to share this informative and eye opening interview with Dr. Vince Biank, pediatric gastoenterologist at North Shore University Health System! Listen in to hear about reflux disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis, an uncommon allergic condition that can’t be picked up during typical allergy testing. Not to be missed for anyone who’s child has struggled with reflux, difficulty swallowing, poor growth, and environmental allergies.

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