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A New Mom’s Guide to Pumping at Work Posted on Aug 16

A New Mom’s Guide to Pumping at Work

Breastfeeding moms, are you planning on going back to work and wondering how to keep up your milk supply? I thought the same thing a few months ago upon my return from maternity leave. Did you know that employers are required to provide employees breaks   …Continue Reading A New Mom’s Guide to Pumping at Work

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Month with Summer Breastfeeding Tips! Posted on Jul 31

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Month with Summer Breastfeeding Tips!

By Breanne Wilhite  While being close to your baby during breastfeeding is sweet and special, it can start to feel difficult as the summer heat rises. Not to mention summer time usually means more time on the go and outside. But don’t worry! There are   …Continue Reading Celebrate World Breastfeeding Month with Summer Breastfeeding Tips!

Sugar Shock! – Added Sugars Can Really Add Up Posted on Jul 25

Sugar Shock! - Added Sugars Can Really Add Up

I just read an article that sent me in to sugar shock!  A recent study found that 85% of toddlers between the ages of 19-23 months are consuming an average of a little over 7 teaspoons of added sugar on a given day.  That amount   …Continue Reading Sugar Shock! – Added Sugars Can Really Add Up

Do You Know What’s in Your Beverage? Posted on Jul 10

Do You Know What’s in Your Beverage?

With so many beverages available in supermarkets and corner stores, it’s difficult to know what is good for us (and our kids!) and what isn’t.  Have you ever wondered if some of these beverages are as healthy as they actually claim to be? Labels on   …Continue Reading Do You Know What’s in Your Beverage?

Picky Eating—Not Fun for Anyone! Posted on Jun 13

Picky Eating—Not Fun for Anyone!

By Terri Mendoza & Raychel Adreani Does your child stick to a few favorite foods and refuse to try anything new?   Like many parents, you may be dealing with picky eating.  We know it can be frustrating and challenging, and you probably worry that your   …Continue Reading Picky Eating—Not Fun for Anyone!

Tis the Season…for Asparagus! Posted on May 22

Tis the Season…for Asparagus!

By Terri Mendoza and Andrea Couture Winter did not want to leave Massachusetts this year.  But spring has finally arrived, bringing us sunshine, blossoming flowers, chirping birds, and one of my favorite things—the chance to eat local, seasonal fruits and vegetables! When you enjoy seasonal   …Continue Reading Tis the Season…for Asparagus!

Constipation Concerns for Children: Diet and Activity Can Help! Posted on Apr 25

Constipation Concerns for Children:  Diet and Activity Can Help!

  By Rachel Colchamiro and Cara D’Anello Believe it or not, constipation is a pretty popular topic of conversation among parents of young children—at least it was in my house when my kids were little!  It’s tough to know when things are normal or when   …Continue Reading Constipation Concerns for Children: Diet and Activity Can Help!

Step in to Spring with Swiss Chard! Posted on Apr 10

Step in to Spring with Swiss Chard!

By Stephanie Harshman and Terri Mendoza Spring is here and that means it is time to start getting excited for longer days, sunshine, and fresh, flavorful vegetables! One of my favorites is Swiss chard. Here is a quick look at this versatile leafy green! The   …Continue Reading Step in to Spring with Swiss Chard!

Start The Day Off Smart by Eating A Healthy Breakfast!   Posted on Mar 21

Start The Day Off Smart by Eating A Healthy Breakfast!  

By Cara D’Anello We all know mornings are a busy time of the day. With the hustle and bustle of getting everyone ready for the day, it can be difficult to make time for a sit down breakfast with the family! But eating breakfast is   …Continue Reading Start The Day Off Smart by Eating A Healthy Breakfast!  

Get Ready—It’s National Nutrition Month! Posted on Mar 6

Get Ready—It’s National Nutrition Month!

By Ben Graff March is here, which means…National Nutrition Month is here, too! This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ theme is Go Further with Food. You’re probably saying to yourself, what does that mean? Well, going further with food is about noticing the   …Continue Reading Get Ready—It’s National Nutrition Month!