WhattoExpect.com. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I often get questions from friends and acquaintances about stuttering, speech errors and late-talkers. I'm happy to share my knowledge with others, answer questions and give advice...if I'm asked.
My friend, the dietitian, is also happy to share her knowledge, answer questions and give advice when asked...and boy have I asked! Here are some of the important tidbits I've learned from her:
1. My 3-year-old daughter is very tiny and I've now got a recipe for high-fat pudding as well as loads of suggestions for increasing calorie content in the foods we feed her (without adding extra calories to our own). We've also looked at how much she's drinking between meals and how frequently her meals and snacks are (meals should be 4 hours apart and snacks should be offered 2 hours before a meal).
2. My 9 month old has been slow to get onto eating food (particularly meat and vegetables). My husband and I had planned to go away for an adults-only weekend in one month. I had hoped to wean my son directly to homo milk (he refuses formula, but will drink homo milk), but after discussing it with my friend, we decided he's not getting enough iron to be drinking solely homo milk. I've now got loads of suggestions for increasing iron in his diet but my husband and I made a decision in our sons best interest and rescheduled our trip for a later date.
3. Did you know that children may need to be exposed to a food up to 30 times before they'll actually eat it!!! My friend reminded me to continue offering foods to my son even though he rejects them. He may eventually surprise me and start eating them.
I'm so happy to have a dietitian on hand to give me suggestions and reassure me occasionally. I'm also very excited for the arrival of her little bundle and glad that we can pass some of our baby things her way.