What Should Your Young Children Be Drinking? (Pedcast)

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If you stroll through a grocery store or scan a coffee shop menu, it’s impossible to miss the ever-expanding array of non-dairy, mostly plant based “milk” options available. Given this, it’s no surprise that just last week, Dean Foods (the biggest producer of milk products in the U.S.) filed for bankruptcy. Things are definitely changing. But if the consumption of cow’s milk by children is diminishing, what does this mean for their long-term health? Is drinking cow’s milk essential to your children’s good health? And what about all those other beverages that your children drink have access to?   When is their consumption appropriate for your children?  Seems like the perfect time to delve into the current recommendations for your kids, and discuss the landscape of “milks”.

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Money Saving Tips for New Parents (Pedcast)

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Raising an infant is an expensive and daunting task for new parents. Listen to these money saving tips from Doc Smo that might save your family thousands of dollars.

Archived pedcast, originally posted July 10, 2017.

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7 Dubious Health Honors American Children Own (Pedcast)

American children are unhealthy on many world standards. Learn more. 

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Breastfeeding News w/ Anne Gessner PNP (Pedcast)


You’re in for a treat today.  I have lactation expert and superb pediatric nurse practitioner, Anne Gessner PNP, returning to talk about what is new in the world of breast-feeding babies. Welcome Anne. Thank you for returning to Portable Practical Pediatrics. … chatter…  I am so happy you are back to enlighten me, and my listeners, on what is new with regards to breastfeeding. So, let’s get right into the first question. Continue reading

Worldly Baby Food, w/ Dr. Charlotte Rouchouze (Pedcast)


I am thrilled to have a guest that is new to but certainly not new to blogging- Dr. Charlotte Rouchouze, founder of the popular blog She is an expert in the history and culture that surround children’s foods around the world. Today, she and I are going to explore infant feeding practices in a few of the world’s great cultures. So, fasten your seat belts and get ready for a journey around the baby culinary world.

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Baby Led Weaning, by Rapley and Murkett (Book Review Pedcast)

Baby Led Weaning

by Rapley and Murkett

Vermilion Publishers-2008

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Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide―How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater

Who would have ever thought that feeding an infant solid foods, the way your great grandparents did, would be a cutting edge medical controversy in the 21st century–but it is. So says the authors of Baby Led Weaning, by  British authors Rapley and Murkett. 20th century western society has been all about controlling the introduction of solid food to babies when it is time for them to get more that breastfeeding can offer. It is generally accepted that solid foods, also called complimentary foods, are needed by babies for good growth beyond six months of age. Standard 20th century dogma says that these first foods should be pureed and fed to the infant on a spoon, by his or her parents, introducing one new food at a time, without the addition of spices, salt, or added flavoring that would be normally added to the food.  Home cooked fresh foods were the opposite of what  babies were expected to eat for much of the 20th century America.

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“Beyond the Sling” by Mayim Bialik (Book Review Pedcast)

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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind


I’m always looking for interesting new parenting books and I certainly found one this time. How could I resist doing a book review of a  parenting book written by a TV actress as good as Mayim Bialik. Not only has she sheparded a great TV career, she has a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA to boot. You can imagine, I was expecting a book that was going to be exploding with wisdom and insight. Dr. Bialik is an advocate of the parenting style known as “attachment parenting”, and I was anxious to learn more about this manner of raising children. I approached her writing with an open mind but after a careful reading, I must say that I think many parents will find Mayim Bialik’s style of parenting odd at best. I will try and explain what I mean by this in the next few minutes so sit back and enjoy another installment of portable practical pediatrics. Continue reading