Podcast Episode 226: A Healthy Relationship with Food Begins at the Beginning

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 226 of The New Family Podcast, where we explore how to give kids a healthy foundation when it comes to their relationship with food.

This episode we’re joined by esteemed parenting writer Teresa Pitman. Teresa has been writing about raising kids for more than 30 years, and she’s the co-author of several books, including Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Sweet Sleep. As a La Leche League leader, she has helped countless new parents with nursing their babies and is such an important advocate for and resource on breastfeeding and many other aspects of baby care. But today we’re going to talk about how the early days of feeding a baby can set the foundation for a healthy relationship with food down the line. Teresa touches on this in her latest book called Baby-Led Weaning, The Not-So Revolutionary Way to Start Solids and Make a Happy Eater.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Baby-Led Weaning: The (Not-So) Revolutionary Way to Start Solids and Make a Happy Eater

La Leche League Canada

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Parenting Advice

“There’s a quote from Ellyn Satter, who is a Canadian dietician – hers is a little longer but we’ve kind of adapted it for babies and the quote is that ‘Your job is to provide safe, nutritious food. Your baby’s job is to decide what and how much to eat.’ And I think if you can remember that and do your job and let the baby do the baby’s job, it’s just makes everything a lot easier. You avoid all the battles and stress that can happen in meal times. You kind of each stay in your lane; you provide the food and the baby decides what to do with it. And it just makes it a lot easier.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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