Bio:Susan Firus received a Bachelor of Home Economics (dietetics) degree from the University of British Columbia and completed her dietetic internship at Vancouver General Hospital. Her first position was as the dietitian for the Diabetes Specialty Centre and Lipid Clinic at Shaughnessy Hospital. Most of her career was spent working at Dial-A-Dietitian, later Dietitian Services at HealthLinkBC, where she was initially a contact centre dietitian and in later years, a manager. Susan worked closely with Dietitians of Canada on the development of CPEN, a version of PEN customized for a call centre, which was launched simultaneously with PEN. She also assisted with the launch of EatRight Ontario. Susan is currently a contractor for Dietitians of Canada as a PEN evidence analyst.
Are there safety concerns for the ingestion of fish in women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding related to mercury contamination?
Last Updated: 2019-08-26
What are the risks to the infant when the breastfeeding mother uses illicit drugs?
Last Updated: 2012-09-16
What are the risks to the infant and the quality of breastmilk when breastfeeding mothers smoke cigarettes or use snuff?
Last Updated: 2012-09-14
What are the risks to the infant when the breastfeeding mother consumes alcohol?
Are there adverse effects of high protein diets (including protein powder supplements) in pregnant and lactating women?
Do trans fatty acids (from hydrogenated omega-6 fatty acids) consumed by a lactating woman have adverse effects on her breastfed infant?
Last Updated: 2012-09-15
What are the omega-3 fatty acid needs for breastfeeding women?
Can vitamin D content of breastmilk be increased by supplementing the mother with vitamin D as an alternative to administering vitamin D supplements to the infant?
Last Updated: 2013-01-23
Do herbs/herbal teas have an effect on breastmilk production?
What are the nutritional needs of a mother who is pregnant and breastfeeding an older child?
What are the infant and maternal health outcomes associated with breastfeeding compared to infant formula feeding?
Last Updated: 2014-07-01
What are the infant and maternal health outcomes associated with breastfeeding for six to 12 months or more compared to outcomes of infants and mothers who stop breastfeeding before six months?
Last Updated: 2016-05-05
What herbal beverages/supplements are safe to take during pregnancy and lactation?
Last Updated: 2020-02-17
Are there any specific considerations with regard to the use of sugar alcohols as sweeteners in pregnancy/lactation?
Last Updated: 2020-06-16
Are there any specific considerations with regard to the use of sweeteners (e.g. nonnutritive, artificial, sugar substitutes, intense, low calorie) in pregnancy/lactation?
Last Updated: 2020-05-25