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​Toddler nutrition.

Many parents feel confused about what foods and how much of each of the 5 food groups (fruit and vegetables, dairy/alternatives, meat/plant-based alternatives and grains) their child needs. Growth needs differ greatly in a child’s second year of life and parents may feel concerned that their toddler isn’t eating enough, or has a variable appetite. The second year of life is when a toddler may become fussy, refusing previously enjoyed foods. You may have questions about toddler snacks and toddler formula, breastfeeding or how much dairy your toddler needs.

In our 90 minute initial assessment, I will give you the confidence to know that your baby is well-attached to the breast, drinking efficiently and emptying the breast. Breastfeeding management is the cornerstone to preventing mastitis and blocked ducts. I will observe a breastfeed and give you strategies to improve latch, positioning and attachment, show you what to look for and recognise signs that your baby is drinking milk and emptying the breast. I will guide you with how to recognise when your baby needs feeding, their hunger cues, when they have had enough milk and support you to tune into your ‘mummy instinct.’ I will help you to understand how your blocked ducts/mastitis/white spot may have occurred, to help you to avoid it again in the future.As needed, we will discuss breastfeeding, expressing, bottle feeding and baby’s solids intake, as well as make sure your baby is growing well. We will chat about your nutrition, to make sure you are eating enough to fuel yours and baby’s breastfeeding needs & discuss how the latest evidence can support your health. You will be provided with a management plan that we have discussed and agreed on, that meets you at your needs. I will refer you to, or liaise with your other healthcare professionals, if needed.

​With the right support and information, you will have the confidence to feed your growing toddler. To make a booking, please click the button below.

Additional resources:

Toddler fussy eating
How much dairy for kids?
Transitioning from breast or bottle.