feeding your kids doesn't need to be stressful.
Krystyn Parks, MS, RD, IBCLC - Pediatric Dietitian, Lactation Consultant, author
I am a pediatric dietitian and lactation consultant who works with parents who are feeling lost when it comes to feeding their children. I provide the information and support you need to determine what will work for your family.
After starting solids with my 2 children, I get how stressful mealtime can be. There is so much information available and it’s hard to tell what’s important. I believe that everyone should have access to quality nutrition education.
Unfortunately, most parents are left with a one page handout at the doctor’s office and whatever they can find on the internet. I am passionate that having a healthy relationship with food can have lifelong benefits and want to help parents provide that for their children.
Have you spent hours trying to figure out the best way to introduce solids? Read both sides of the baby led weaning wars and ended up more confused? That was me too. Luckily for you, I spent the time doing the research and now can help guide you in the right direction.
Do you have a picky eater who refuses to try new foods? Have you ended up crying at meals with your toddler because they won’t eat anything? Do you wish you could have those happy family dinners you see on TV? That’s my goal too. I won’t promise that every meal will be perfect (honesty is very important to me), but I can help set you on the right path for happy, stress-free meals.
I originally went to school to become an elementary school teacher, but soon found passion in nutrition. I now combine my love of teaching, children, and nutrition by working in pediatric nutrition. I use evidence based information with practical tips that work with real children. I am also the mom of 2 very different children. The strategies that I recommend are rooted in science, but can be adapted to meet the needs of your family. I won’t tell you what to do, but I will explain the why behind my recommendations so that you can figure out what will work with your child best. A random stranger is never going to know your child as well as you do. Families who work with me report feeling more relaxed, empowered, and confident.
One of my goals is to take potentially stressful situations and make them seem less overwhelming. This is why I wrote my book Introducing Allergens. Parents have told me that introducing allergens is one of their top concerns. They are given no information from their pediatrician and the information online is conflicting. I wanted one simple resource that parents could go to for evidence based information that wasn’t written like a textbook.
I also want you to feel supported, which is why I wrote my book Formula Feeding Guide. Did you know that when I first googled “formula feeding books” many of the top results were breastfeeding books? Most parents will give their parents formula at some point in their baby’s feeding journey. How are we supporting parents with zero information?
I am based out of Orange County, California, but my courses, books, and virtual appointments mean we can work together, even if you’re not local.
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Licenses & Certifications
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
- Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from California State Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo with an emphasis in child development
- Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science from California State University – Long Beach
- Inpatient neonatal intensive care dietitian with outpatient long term follow up
- Inpatient and outpatient general pediatric dietitian
- 1:1 nutrition coaching
- Author of 2 pediatric nutrition books
My Editorial Process
All content on this page is created by a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science who has completed at least 1200 supervised hours through an accredited program and passed a national registration exam. In addition, as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, an additional 1000 hours of supervised experience was completed along with at least 95 hours of lactation specific education, and an international exam.
As a dietitian and lactation consultant, I also must complete a minimum of 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years to maintain my credentials.
All articles are reviewed annually to ensure that they are up to date with the latest information.
The content on this site is for general use and should not replace the relationship you have with your physician and medical team. It should not be used as personal nutrition advice. Please read my Disclaimer for more information and consult with your physician before making any diet or lifestyle changes.