In this extremely vital part of your motherhood, it is best to have a doctor who is efficient in both guiding you and supporting you through your breastfeeding journey.
To ensure you find the right doctor, who you can be comfortable with talking about your issues and queries, we have made a helpful questionnaire specially made for you superhero mothers.
You may carry along a printout of this questionnaire during your interview. We shall make sure you have the perfect support system in this journey!
Pediatrician Interview Questions:
1. How long does it usually take for the newborn to gain back its birth weight?
Unless the newborn has a serious medical condition or is dehydrated, they should be given a two-week period to allow regaining their birth weight.
2. Is there an IBCLC you usually recommend for women or a lactation consultant on board?
Although it is not mandatory for the doctors to have a lactation consultant, you should make sure that the space you visit is well equipped with the help you need and is guided properly when it comes to breastfeeding.
3. What type of growth chart do you prefer to use? The WHO or the CDC?
Please ensure that they are not using the CDC chart because it is only for babies who are fed formulas. The chart provided by the World Health Organization is the apt one for all babies.
4. Can you tell me the percentage of women coming to you during postpartum who are exclusively breastfeeding for a month?
This answer should be at least 50% or more. The more, the better because we want pediatricians who encourage and help with conventional breastfeeding.
5. At what age do you think we should practice weaning?
A trick question here because there is no specific age allotted for weaning. Weaning is only necessary when the child and mother mutually decide the breastfeeding period is over.
6. Are you familiar with how the safe sources you use for the medication of a breastfeeding mother?
This comes without saying, but the answer should be a definite yes. It is advisable to see how well informed they are about the medicines they talk about because it is the same being prescribed to you.
7. When do you think we should start giving the child solid foods?
It is suggested by the AAP that until six months, the baby should be strictly breastfed without adding any solid food or liquid into their diet. This is essential for having healthy babies.
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