Hello! I’m Meghan McMillin, mother, coffee enthusiast, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I speak from personal experience when I say that everyone’s relationship with food is different; there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to your health and happiness. I believe in a holistic approach, and I can’t wait to start designing a plan that works for you.
But first, let me tell you a little about myself. Admittedly, my relationship with food has a rocky past. There was a time when I could not control myself around a brick of cheese. But I hit a turning point in my mid-twenties and started experimenting with different ways of eating. I tried, veganism, of course did the standard low-cal dieting, and went paleo. Each time, I paid careful attention to how my body was responding. And what I found was simple: Just. Eat. Real Food. That’s it. No diets, no gimmicks, just nutrient dense foods to nourish the body.
I'm a non-diet dietitian. You will never hear me recommend margarine or diet soda.
Because of the response I received to my own journey to better health, I became inspired to help others and so back to school I went. I earned a master’s degree in Human Nutrition. While in school, I worked with a wide range of individuals, including those with diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, and heart disease. I found that many groups were underserved -- particularly pregnant women.
I have always had a fondness for women and children and after this discovery, I made it my focus. I sought out work as a dietitian in a holistic fertility clinic. There, I collaborated with acupuncturists, massage therapists, yoga instructors and reproductive endocrinologists to provide total care for pregnant women and those trying to conceive. It was some of my most rewarding work, helping me to recognize the importance of treating the whole person, not just diet. Currently, I serve as a dietitian at a local hospital in the women’s unit, pediatric unit, and NICU. I also operate the outpatient pediatric nutrition clinic caring for children with a wide variety of needs.
Being able to work alongside women and families in some of their most vulnerable times is both humbling and inspiring.
During my first pregnancy, my experience with medical professionals was … less than desireable. A lot of the information given to me was standard: drink water, eat a well balanced diet, don’t gain too much weight, etc. I felt this guidance was incomplete (and impersonal) and did nothing to enhance my understanding of what was going on inside of me -- there’s a life growing in there, you know! For example, I was told to consume plenty of Vitamin C, but was not told why or how that was aiding the growth of my baby or the health of my pregnancy. Other times, I found I was given downright incorrect information.
After 25 hours of labor, my daughter, who I affectionately call “Sweet Pea,” was born happy and healthy. A difficult labor was one thing, but postpartum brought its own series of issues. I was lucky enough to have a girl gang of supportive women around me at the time, including my mother, breastfeeding advocate and all-around baby-lover. She likes babies so much, she decided to have five of them.
Looking back, I’m not sure how I would have gotten through the first three months (and beyond) without my support system. I know plenty of women do not have that kind of positive reinforcement. Women who have been told to give up on breastfeeding, women who have been shamed for NOT breastfeeding. In my opinion, both of these scenarios are wrong because they make the mother feel like a failure and I’m not about that. Being a mom is hard enough without all the guilt.
I can empathize with struggling to eat nutritious foods when you are nauseated and exhausted during the first trimester of pregnancy. I get it when you are stuck on the couch nursing a newborn and don’t have the opportunity to get up and make yourself lunch. I understand the pressure to have a healthy dinner on the table after working all day. I can relate to the frustration of a picky toddler who loves broccoli one day, but despises it the next. I’ve been there and I’ll be there for you along the way.
It’s my mission to empower women just like me by giving them all the tools necessary to make their own decisions - and to feel good about those decisions!
I continue to educate myself; not only am I a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition, but during my second pregnancy I became a Certified Lactation Consultant and recently became trained (though not yet certified) as a birth doula. Yes, I really do love pregnancy and babies that much!
And so, Mama and Sweet Pea was born. Now, trust me, I love my son, who I affectionately call “Bubba”, but Mama and Bubba just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it! I strive to provide a supportive, judgment-free space to discuss your individual nutrition needs during pregnancy and the postpartum period as well as the needs of your child.
I want you to feel secure, confident and empowered to be healthy and happy during these incredible times.
But enough about me -- what about you? What are your goals?
Are you ready to take the first steps to a healthier and happier you?
Or, as my Sweet Pea would say, “Weddy?”
Meghan McMillin holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She has also earned credentials as a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) and a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).
Meghan has worked clinically for several years at a local hospital covering the women’s, NICU, and pediatric units. Currently, she operates the outpatient pediatric nutrition clinic, caring for children with a wide variety of needs including failure to thrive, allergies, picky eating, and obesity. Previously, Meghan worked as a dietitian in a holistic fertility clinic, where she collaborated with acupuncturists, massage therapists, yoga instructors, and reproductive endocrinologists to provide total care for pregnant women and those trying to conceive. It was some of her most rewarding work, helping her to recognize the importance of treating the whole person, not just diet.
In her free time, Meghan loves spending time with her husband, kids, and her big, crazy, extended family. She enjoys singing karaoke, watching HGTV, and taking pictures of her food. Coffee keeps her strong; red wine keeps her sane and she can’t resist chubby baby legs and golden retrievers.