Julia Wolman is our fantastic new weaning expert for our Queen’s Park course. Having worked with Nurturing Mums in its infancy we’re delighted to welcome her back to the NM family. Julia is a Registered Nutritionist and mum on a mission to help raise healthy, happy eaters from solids to school. Julia’s educational background includes a BSc (Hons) in Applied Human Nutrition, and a Masters Degree with distinction in Psychology and Health. She is registered with the UK’s Association for Nutrition and a member of the professional nutrition consultant network, SENSE.
Previously, Julia has worked with NHS Trusts across London, running healthy eating programmes for parents and schools, and also training school meal supervisors, health visitors and other early years’ practitioners in nutrition. Julia also spent several years working at MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition..Do It!) where she helped to develop and deliver obesity treatment and prevention programmes for families with overweight children, or those at risk of becoming overweight.
Since becoming a mother herself, Julia has offered nutrition consultancy to a variety of organisations, as well as writing for a number of publications. In 2011 she set up Teeny Tummies to provide credible nutrition information and feeding advice to parents through a Facebook page, group workshops and personal 1-2-1 support.
What do you love about your job?
I love meeting different people and being a support to them. Feeding babies and children can sometimes be stressful, every family scenario is different, and I like being there to understand and guide parents to find their own solutions. I feel proud to be able to offer a credible service to parents as there is a lot of conflicting information about food around!
What is the most commonly asked weaning question?
Usually people want to know about what foods its ok for them to give, and how much. Portion sizes comes up a lot, but it’s a tricky one to answer because all babies are different. Questions about milk are common too – when milk feeds should be dropped and how to do it!
What is your top tip for a new mum?
As I said before, there is a lot of conflicting information around, so my best advice for a new mum is to ignore most of what you hear or read! Everyone has an opinion these days, which is why I offer only evidence-based advice based and allow parents to make their own informed choices and decisions.
What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
I love my weekly cardio tennis class and also feel great after a gym workout or pilates session. When I get a spare minute I also like to find a recipe or two for using up any over-ripe bananas sitting in my fruit bowl.
What’s the best thing about being a mum?
Bedtime cuddles, definitely! Now that my boys are both at school their weeks are busy, so bedtime offers a precious quiet moment to read with them, chat and cuddle.
What are you looking forward to most about returning to work with Nurturing Mums?
I am looking forward to being part of this wonderful programme of support for new mums again. When my boys were babies there was a big focus on ante-natal support, when really I could have done with groups like this in the months after they were born to help me feel more confident. Thanks for having me back NMs!
Come and meet Julia and our other wonderful experts on one of our upcoming courses…