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post #1 of 20
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I have been exclusively breastfeeding our 4-month old daughter since birth. I had an awful experience with our first pediatrician, who kept recommending that I switch to formula for a problem that was actually created by oversupply. I ignored this advice and switched to a family practitioner who is much better. Now, I'm losing this doctor (moving to a practice not covered by my insurance).

Here's my question: Are there any doctors in the city (North Side) who are supportive of and knowledgeable about breastfeeding? My friend recommended someone in Evanston, but that seems too far to go.

Thanks so much!
post #2 of 20
You'll probably also want to post this request in the Finding Your Tribe section of the board. There will be a forum there that is specific to your geographical area, and you can post there to find mamas who live near you.

Good luck!
post #3 of 20
Moving to FYT
post #4 of 20
Your friend recommended Fred Ettner right? He is really great.

I've been using Illinois Masonic's family practice on Ravenswood for a few years now and am really happy with everybody I've seen there. They are definitely supportive of breastfeeding and of patients making informed decisions.
post #5 of 20
Dr. Minkus in Skokie is also wonderful. We loved him. It was just too far to keep driving. But he's great and very supportive of breastfeeding.
post #6 of 20

Pediatricians

I like and respect my pediatrician and would definitely recommend her. Dr. Kamala Ghaey (pronounced Guy) at KidzHealth. And while I would say she's supportive of breastfeeding, I do sometimes feel like I am more informed and educated about than she is!
post #7 of 20
We use Dr. McDermott at Swedish Covenant. She's a DO family practice doc. She's been great so far...DS was in the special care nursery for a few days after birth, and she was really supportive and encouraging even though she wasn't his doc at the time. She seems supportive of breastfeeding, but I haven't asked her a ton of questions about it. She's also willing to do our delayed vaccination schedule (that was a biggie for us).
post #8 of 20
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Your friend recommended Fred Ettner right? He is really great.
That was my guess too. That's who we use and we've been really happy. I know it's a drive for us b/c we're on the NW side, but it's worth it for the limited # of times we've gone.

I've heard good recs about the ravenswood practice too.
post #9 of 20
Anyone have recommendations closer to the Loop? Evanston is seriously a 45 min drive and as much as I've heard the glowing reviews that's too far for us...
post #10 of 20
Audrey Stillerman at UIC is family practice, she had homebirths and breastfed her youngest for 3 yrs, I don't have her current office info, but when we lived in the loop we loved her.
post #11 of 20
We have been extremely happy with Mariela Cano at Advocate Illinois Masonic Physicians in Ravenswood.

Still not close to the loop, but closer than Evanston...
post #12 of 20
dang, my insurance doesn't cover UIC.
post #13 of 20

I am trying to find Dr. Stillerman and no luck...does anyone knows where she is? her contact info? Thank you!!

post #14 of 20

This is what I found when I googled her.....

 

 

Dr. Audrey J. Stillerman,  MD

1740 West Taylor Street #5e
Chicago, IL 60612
(866) 600-2273

 

and

 

Mile Square Health Center
2045 West Washington, 1st Floor
Chicago,  IL  60602
Phone: 312-996-2000

 

I'm thrilled!  We are moving to the Loop from Southern Indiana in June and I've been fretting over finding a pediatrician who meets our needs

post #15 of 20
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Dr. Minkus in Skokie is also wonderful. We loved him. It was just too far to keep driving. But he's great and very supportive of breastfeeding.


I agree - love Dr. Minkus.  He has an office in Lincolnwood too but still might be a bit of a drive from the city.

post #16 of 20
We see Dr. Minkus in Lincolnwood. We live in Andersonville and it's about a 20 minute drive depending on traffic. I love everything about him! The whole office is really laid back. No one has ever given me trouble for co sleeping, delayed vaxing, extended breastfeeding, etc. They're great. I also like the fact that he is such a well respected physician in the medical community. I know it sounds silly, but I want a pediatrician with clout. Anyway, we love Dr. Minkus!
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Dixxie View Post

This is what I found when I googled her.....

 

 

Dr. Audrey J. Stillerman,  MD

1740 West Taylor Street #5e
Chicago, IL 60612
(866) 600-2273

 

and

 

Mile Square Health Center
2045 West Washington, 1st Floor
Chicago,  IL  60602
Phone: 312-996-2000

 

I'm thrilled!  We are moving to the Loop from Southern Indiana in June and I've been fretting over finding a pediatrician who meets our needs



Excellent!!!  She sounds like a wonderful option for my coming twins, and car-free family... right down to location.  The distance is one that's reasonable, via public transit, or walking.  I just can't have to take a really long train ride to get twins to the pediatrician, or no ability to walk it....  but I'd love a doctor who had done those things for her own family.

post #18 of 20
Hi I need to change the practice and need to find a great pediatrician or family doctor who are in the Loop and are supportive of natural medicine and are ok with non vaccinating. Please send any recommendations! thanks a lot!
post #19 of 20

I would seriously drive any distance for Minkus.  Love him SO MUCH.

 

I saw Ettner for myself and didn't care for him but I know people love him, too, and he's similar to Minkus in his respect for non-typical decisions.

post #20 of 20

We've used Ettner for about 7 years now. He's great. He's up in Lincolnwood now, on Lincoln Ave, about 1/4 block south of Touhy. We're about 4 blocks north of Wrigley Field in Chicago and it only takes 30 minutes normally to drive there, 45 if traffic is really heavy or there's construction on Western or Peterson. We had such a hard time finding someone who would work with our non-typical ways lol.gif when our oldest was a baby that we've kind of attached ourselves to him, until he retires or moves far far away. Good luck!

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