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Ask Amanda: How Much Formula for an Infant Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert RD

How much formula should a 4-month-old infant take in each day? Find out in this week’s “Ask Amanda,” column. Ask Amanda is our weekly virtual Q and A forum brought to you by Feed to Succeed’s expert Northshore dietitian Amanda GordonSubmit your questions to Amanda@feedtosucceed.com

Q: How much formula should a 4-month-old infant be taking in a day? In our childcare center, we have a 4-month-old that seems to be hungry all of the time and the teachers could use some guidance on what is appropriate for his age. read more

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Ask Amanda: Getting Kids to Eat Fruit Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert Dietitian

This week, in lieu of answering a question, I thought I would share our fruit tree.

In our practice, we meet many picky eaters and their parents. There are many reasons why children become picky eaters. Regardless the reason, sometimes as parents, we resort to the foods that we think toddlers will eat (enter chicken nuggets and french fries).  We find ourselves “giving up” after countless attempts of putting food on our toddler’s plate that we know will wind up thrown on the floor or put in the trash. read more

Gia Diakakis, RD

Meet RD Gia Diakakis Bonus Interviews for our Nutrition Podcast

Registered dietitian and second-most senior Feed to Succeed employee Gia Diakakis, joins Betsy Hjelmgren to talk about Gia’s background, love for nutrition and children, and more! Listen in to hear why Gia is so passionately concerned about hydration for children, and why she believes that everyone should eat dessert.

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Snack Pouches for Toddlers Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert RD

Are food pouches okay for toddlers? Find out in this week’s “Ask Amanda,” column. Ask Amanda is our weekly virtual Q and A forum brought to you by Feed to Succeed’s expert Northshore dietitian Amanda Gordon.

Q:  Hi Amanda – what are your thoughts on food pouches for toddlers?  A lot of the products in stores now seem to have lots of healthy ingredients. Are they a good option for my toddler?

A:  If your toddler is like most I know, getting enough fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. Food pouches can be enticing. Kale, spinach, quinoa – all sound like ingredients we would love our toddlers to eat! read more

Amanda Gordon, expert registered dietitian

Nutrition Tips for Birth to Age 3

Amanda Gordon, registered dietitian, lactation consultant, and pediatric nutrition expert, shares her experience and insight with the youngest of Feed to Succeed’s clientele – birth to age 3. Listen in as Betsy interviews Amanda to learn more about why Amanda loves Early Intervention, and how she became interested in working with medically complex infants and toddlers.

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How to Get Infants to Try Vegetables Your Nutrition Questions Answered By Expert RD

How much vegetable do infants need? Find out in this week’s “Ask Amanda,” column. Ask Amanda is our weekly virtual Q and A forum brought to you by Feed to Succeed’s expert Northshore dietitian Amanda Gordon.

Q: My 10-month-old likes to eat. We offer him table foods 3-4 times per day, and he still breastfeeds as well. He won’t eat vegetables though. I don’t know if it’s the color, the taste or texture, but he usually refuses. Any ideas?

A: Consider small victories with vegetables as big successes. read more

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How to Parent a Child with Peanut Allergies Bonus episode to the Feed to Succeed podcast

Join Betsy Hjelmgren as she chats with Julia Marquardt, Feed to Succeed’s office manager extraordinaire and mother of three.  Listen to Julia’s firsthand experience living with a child with severe peanut allergy, as Julia shares how food allergy has affected their family life, how they feed their kids, and how they approach social situations. Empathic, funny, and a sweet inside view of life with food allergies.  Don’t miss this short clip!

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How much protein do toddlers need

How Much Protein Does a Toddler Need? Your nutrition questions answered by our expert RD

Do toddlers need protein? Find out in this week’s “Ask Amanda,” column. Ask Amanda is our weekly virtual Q and A forum brought to you by Feed to Succeed’s expert Northshore dietitian Amanda Gordon.

Q: My daughter is 20 months old, and she is generally a good eater, not too picky.  She likes fruit, sometimes she is willing to eat vegetables, she drinks milk and eats cheese and yogurt, and she loves bread, bagels and crackers. Unfortunately, she doesn’t like meat and rarely eats it when I put it on her plate.  Should I worry that she is not getting enough protein? read more

Do kids need to eat fiber

How Much Fiber Does a Toddler Need Nutrition Questions Answered

How much fiber do toddlers need? Find out in this week’s “Ask Amanda,” column. Ask Amanda is our weekly virtual Q and A forum brought to you by Feed to Succeed’s expert Northshore dietitian Amanda Gordon.

Q: Hi Amanda, I am worried that my 18-month-old is not getting enough fiber.  At what age do I need to worry about how much fiber he gets?  How do I find out how much he needs?

A: This is a great question. Yes, toddlers do need fiber. And, it’s easy to get duped when reading food labels at the grocery store. Fiber is an important part of a toddler diet because it helps move foods through the digestive tract, helps prevent constipation and it also helps kids feel full. Generally, toddlers (between 1-3 years old) need about 14 grams of fiber per day, based on the US Dietary Guidelines. Snack time is often a good time to get high fiber foods in kids. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of fiber for toddlers and make great snacks. Beans, oatmeal and brown rice are also good sources of fiber and easy to incorporate into a toddler diet. read more

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Bringing It All Together Feed to Succeed Podcast: Series 1, Episode 12

Join Betsy and Jen as they revisit the highlights of the first series of the Feed to Succeed podcast and weigh in on the take-away themes.  From take a S.E.A.T. to determine the cause of the behavior, to understanding that all eating habits started from something and were reinforced in some way. Plus – a new idea for young children who like to move during the meal…  don’t miss this fantastic wrap-up!


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