8 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Breastfeeding Educated Doctor

1. Do you refer mothers to an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) or Lactation Consultant if they are having difficulties with breastfeeding?

-They should say yes. If a mother is having trouble with breastfeeding, an appointment with an IBCLC is very important! A doctor’s first response should not be “just pump and bottle feed.”

2. At what point would you recommend supplementation and what would you recommend formula or donated breastmilk?

- Supplementation should be the last resort and only recommend if medically necessary or requested by the mother.
Donated breastmilk should be the first recommendation. Formula is not always the answer when your baby has low weight gain.
There are circumstances when formula is medically necessary. If a doctor has recommended formula and you aren't sure that it’s necessary, make an appointment with a IBCLC for a second opinion.

3. Have you received additional training on breastfeeding?

- It is important for doctors to continue educating themselves even after years of experience. You want your doctor to be up to date on the recent research and studies that concern the health of their patients.

4. Is breastmilk healthier than formula?

-The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the WHO (World Health Organization) agree that breastmilk is much healthier than formula.*

5. Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?

-Anything other than "yes, of course!" is a huge red flag!

6. Do you actively seek out the latest studies done about breastfeeding?

-Their answer should be “yes”. Your doctor should be up to date on the recent research and studies which concern the health of their patients.

7. What growth chart do you use for breastfed babies?

-The WHO's (World Health Organization) growth chart is regarded by many breastfeeding specialist to be the better growth chart for breastfed babies.

8. How long do you recommend children be breastfed?

-The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends to at least a year or longer. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends at least two years or longer.

Written by Laura Delmonico
Creator of Nationwide Nurse-In

References

2. http://babyreference.com/when-it-has-to-be-formula-optimizing-the-health...
4. http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/breastfeeding/facts/en/index1.html http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827.full#content-block
7. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/100/5/e8.full
8. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827.full
http://www.who.int/features/qa/21/en/