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New Moms and Advice

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Kari Ann Hong says her pediatricians have always offered good advice. "They've always said due to the risk of SIDS to always put the baby on their back and to not sleep with the baby because you can roll over the baby."

But a new study finds not all physicians are giving new moms critical advice on current health and safety recommendations. Dr. Tanya Altmann says pediatricians should be parents' first source for information. "But sometimes in today's healthcare system, a lot of physicians may find they don't have as much time as they want, and that they are often rushing between patients."

The study in the journal Pediatrics surveyed more than a 1,000 new mothers. About 20% said they weren't offered advice on breastfeeding or told to place babies on their backs to sleep. More than 50% weren't told where infants should sleep. "As a physician, we cannot assume our patients know what to do. I hope this study is a wake-up call pediatricians to slow down and make sure they effectively communicate information to new families."

Kari Ann says with guidelines always changing, it's important to ask your pediatrician questions. "It's really helps to have someone who can explain those things and be supportive."

And experts say that's especially true for first time moms.

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