Sarah - posted on 04/16/2012 ( 36 moms have responded )
In reading posts of people recently I have seen a trend of mothers who quote what experts say is best, as their reasons for why they believe something, they will often sugest if not outright say that parents who don't are wrong or don't have the best interests of their child at heart, not all are like this, some will say "I choose this but it might not be right for everyone." But when often what experts say is conditional, or contradicts what other experts have said, or has changed several times with new findings even in the 9 1/2 years since I became a mother.
This is not meant to be a debate of one choice vers. anouther, but if maybe parents are becoming too quick to jump on the "experts say" route without at times knowing the reasoning behind why experts say it.
I will sight some examples I recently saw of these:
Breast is best (cause it may not be in certian instances)
Alergists say you should start introducing solids from 4 months.
Other experts say you should breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months, and then start to introduce solids.
you should eat fish at least once a week while pregnant.
you should never eat fish while pregnant.
you should avoid these types of fish while pregnant.
As I said this is not meant to be a debate about individual choices or even really the choice to listen to experts, but rather:
Are we becoming a society who blindly follow the experts without realising what they have said may not apply or be relavent to all?