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Nutrition for the Young Family:
Eat Your Way to Good Health
by Terry Foody, R.N.

The systems of the body work well together to enable us to perform many actions in our lives.  Treasure your health and the new spirit in your home.  Give yourself and your offspring the basic nutrients to stay strong and functional”. Adapted from Foody’s Philosophy.

Before Birth:

  • The infant in the womb will take what it needs.  Years ago, it was said a woman lost a tooth with each child.  Be sure to get the calcium and minerals you both need and practice good oral hygiene.
  • Skim milk, low-fat yogurts, hard cheese.  Ask your doctor about soft or raw-milk cheese – may be best to avoid during pregnancy.
  • Folate/ folic acid  - essential for neural development.  Sources include whole grain cereals.
  • Pump more iron into your body with oatmeal (prepare with milk, then mix in yogurt) and blackstrap molasses.
  • Keep regular with fiber-rich vegetables, bran flakes and plenty of water.
  • You’ll need carbohydrates for energy during labor and with new baby.  Also, they may help with your mood.  Stock up on whole grains and fruits.


  • Breast is still best.  If using formula, follow MD’s suggestions.  As with labor, you can’t compare your baby to every one else’s. 
  • Adding solids isn’t a competition.   Neither is how fast a baby grows.  Your baby is an individual.   Keep foods and sugar drinks out of the bottle.

Young children:

  • Introduce new foods gradually and keep them simple.  Beware sweet and salt.  French fries with ketchup are poor beginning for table foods.
  • Time to think about what’s on your plate.  What you’re eating and drinking is what your child will want.  Balance your meals for everyone’s health.
  • Strive for good nutrients – milk with meals, even at fast food place.  Soda should be a treat, not a meal choice.
  • Be in charge.  Your job is to safe guard their health, and that includes meals.  Don’t give in to pressure from others.  Insist on what you know is good food for your family. The benefits will last a lifetime.