Parenting in the Information Age: Whose Advice Is Reliable?
In today’s digital age, moms and dads have instant access to many different parenting resources. New parents often look to their friends and family for advice on feeding their infant, however, what works for some may not necessarily work for your little one. So who should parents go to for reliable infant feeding information and qualified advice?
Medical Experts: Your OBGYN, Pediatrician, Registered Nurse
Always discuss your infant’s nutrition with a medical professional, they’re the experts. Reach out to your OBGYN, pediatrician and/or nurse about which safe infant feeding options are available that would work best for your family based on your beliefs, preferences and lifestyle. It is also important to check your doctor’s credentials.
Registered Dietitian or Nutrition Expert
A registered dietitian can help ensure your infant is getting all the important nutrition they need, from helping make sure you’re eating properly when breastfeeding to helping you select the best infant formula for your baby. They can also provide great tips to make your family’s eating experience less stressful and more enjoyable.
If you are planning to exclusively breastfeed or combination feed, a lactation consultant can provide expert breastfeeding and lactation advice. Lactation consultants can assist with latching, feeding positions and any other concerns mothers may have when it comes to feeding their infant.
24/7 Registered Nurse Consultation
Many insurance companies now offer 24/7 online/phone consultations with a registered nurse. This can be a great resource, particularly for middle of the night questions or concerns. Check with your insurance company to see if they provide this service.
Checklist for Selecting a Pediatrician
If a resource seems to steer you in one direction, minimizes your options, or shames you for decisions you get to make as a parent, you might want to look elsewhere. When seeking information on infant feeding, it is important you find a pediatrician or doctor that you feel comfortable with. Take a look at this checklist for selecting a pediatrician that is right for you and your family.