I have only been involved with SE for less than a year, and so was not involved in any of the earlier discussions about questions that are closed because they are asking about health issues. I have read through a number of the earlier discussions, but I didn't see anything that specifically addressed my question/comment, so I thought it was worth posting here.
I wonder if the site is losing a major opportunity to fulfill its stated mission:
to build a library of detailed answers to every question about parenting. with many of the questions that are closed.
Let me explain my thinking here: I think that Parenting SE has an unusual audience that is more likely to be anxious when they post a question. I think most first time parents suffer from a bit of imposter syndrome; the idea of being responsible for a new human life can be pretty overwhelming when you are first faced with that reality. I have a distinct memory of getting ready to leave the hospital with my first son and thinking "They can't send him home with me--I haven't had enough practice changing diapers."
When her daughter was about 6 weeks old, my good friend actually flew me 3,000 miles, from California to Florida, because she was feeling so much anxiety, she was having trouble sleeping. She had gotten it into her head that she wasn't providing sufficient "quality stimulation/interaction," and, since she considered me a "successful" parent (her description-because I had two teenage sons were "smart, kind and good"), she wanted me to show her how I would provide her daughter with sufficient quality stimulation/interaction. Her pediatrician had already reassured her that she was doing fine, as had her mother and a number of other friends, but she couldn't relax until she saw how I interacted with her newborn daughter.
So, back to my question/comment, it seems to me that there is an opportunity to offer reassurance for anxious parents like my friend. The most recent example is this one: Milk supply fluctuating. The OP states that her son is gaining well and mentions his weight percentile--which suggests that she has taken him to the doctor and there are no issues.
If I could post an answer, it would be something like:
The best thing to do when you are worried about something like this is to call your pediatrician, who knows your baby's specific situation. But many references [I would include some links here] explain that a breastfed baby will often suddenly begin feeding more frequently if they are starting a growth spurt. The increased frequency of feeding actually stimulates the mother's body to increase milk production, so that she can provide more milk to support the baby's increased nutritional needs. This may be what is happening with your son, and if so, he will probably go back to longer periods between feedings in a couple of days once your body adjusts.
I know that this particular question has not been closed, just put on hold at this point, but I think the OP's negative reaction to the hold is a good example of why I think it is worth discussing this further.
At the same time, I also completely understand genuine concerns about providing medical advice through this site, and I support that 100%. I just wonder if there might not be a specific set of circumstances unique to new parents that could warrant taking a different approach, maybe something as simple as allowing additional time for potential answers before a question is placed on hold or closed. It seems to me that there is something like a precedent already in place on Parenting SE, because it seems as if answers based on anecdotal experience are much more welcome here than they are on other SE sites that I frequent.
Lastly, I am not asking as a way to challenge prior decisions or the actions of the moderators. I am genuinely hoping to spark a discussion about whether/how closing "medical" questions might be actually limiting the value of the site for its intended audience.