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Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC
Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC is a pediatric registered dietitian and lactation consultant in Laguna Beach, California. She counsels parents with kids who are picky eaters, food allergic, underweight and overweight. She also specializes in children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Entries by Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

The Top 10 Questions All New Parents Have, and Where to Find Answers

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Let's be honest; a new baby in the house is stressful. I don't know a new parent who doesn't fall somewhere on the spectrum between mild anxiety and a "complete freak-out". At the heart of that stress are questions--lots of them.

Until recently, there were two main answer sources:...

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Is Your Picky Eater Ruining Your Marriage?

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 3:58 PM

I would not be surprised if you told me your picky eater was ruining your marriage. I hear it more often than you can imagine. Picky eaters can make meals absolutely miserable by reducing a worried parent to tears and igniting some significant fighting about how to handle the kid....

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I Refuse To Put Your Teen On A Diet

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Dear Parents,

You or your doctor believes your teenager may be overweight or obese. I know how concerned you must be. The teenage years are tough enough. I'm happy you reached out to me for help, but I want to make sure you understand how I work with teens.


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What If I Moved In?

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:01 PM

After I teach my picky eater program in people's offices, many parents ask (some beg) me to move into their homes. Lately, I've started thinking about a "break-your-picky-eater-from-the-inside" job. It wouldn't be hard. I'd need about a week.

  • Step One: What's the problem? I'm going ask you about your...
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Your Sugary Schools

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Dear American School Principals,

I am a pediatric registered dietitian in Laguna Beach, California, and have spent my professional life teaching parents what and how to feed their children. I am not a nutrition extremist; I believe in birthday cakes on birthdays, candy on Halloween and dessert...

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Soccer Snack Insanity

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:48 AM

I am a pediatric dietitian who will eat and allow my kids to have cookies, brownies and cupcakes on occasion. Much of their exposure to these foods is during birthday parties or holiday celebrations, but they also eat sweet treats in the house that I make myself. And I believe...

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