Common New Mom Questions on Infant Feeding

Every parent wants to give their baby the best start in life. Not surprisingly, there are a number of common new mom questions on infant feeding.

Pediatrician Lisa Thornton, M.D., talks about a new survey that sheds some light on common new mom questions on infant feeding. The new research revealed that nearly all pediatricians, 97 percent, admit that infant feeding is one of the top three categories of topics among common new mom questions. More than half of pediatricians, 52 percent, agree that infant feeding is the No. 1 category of interest to new moms and dads. The new nationwide survey was conducted by Perrigo Nutritionals in conjunction with SERMO, the largest online network of health care professionals.

Dr. Lisa Thornton on the Pulse of Pediatricians Survey

Well, every parent wants to give their baby the best start in life, and nutrition is a key element for that. We surveyed a nationwide group of pediatricians and asked them what’s on the minds of parents. And what they said is the most common new mom questions they get concerns infant feeding issues.

Parents want know they giving their baby the right stuff. So, everybody knows that breast is best. If you can breastfeed, that’s what we recommend. But there are a lot of moms who can’t, or don’t want to breastfeed. And that’s okay, because infant formula is a great alternative to breast milk.

The FDA strictly regulates baby formula, so store brand formulas must be nutritionally comparable to nationally advertised formula brands. You can go with the store brand, like Walmart’s Parent’s Choice Formula or Target’s up and up formula, or the local grocery store brand. If you buy a store brand formula you can save up to $600 per year, rather than the buying the name brand. You can take that savings and put it into your child’s college fund to give them a great start later in life. For more information and some formula coupons, go to

About Lisa Thornton, M.D.

Pediatrician Dr. Lisa Thornton is an assistant professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She is a guest host on the ABC News Now web cast “Healthy Life” on and the former host and medical consultant for the weekly health magazine show, “Health Corner,” which aired on Lifetime TV for 5 seasons.

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