So -- I guess I have a pretty progressive pediatrician?
When I told him at the 2 month well baby visit that I'd like to delay vax until he is 1 year old, he took it in stride, reminded me that they are most concerned about these diseases in infancy and that I risk not protecting him in the most vulnerable time. I acknowledged -- persisting that I work from home, DS won't be in day care, and that I plan to support his immune system in other more natural ways (at the time I was still breastfeeding as much as I could with a low and dwindling supply). No questions asked.
Today we had the 4 month visit (forgot to mention -- this is my first babe!) ... he just asked again if my intentions were the same and I affirmed that.
However, I really have no intention on getting any of the vaccines - ever. I probably won't even continue with the well baby visits as time passes .... all he did was weigh and measure him ... tell me how great i was doing and send me on my way. I like him - but I dont need to know that DS is fitting to the correct statistical curve every 2 months.
Anyway -- I told them about delaying vax so that we'd be seen as long as I wanted ... and we'd have some record with them of DS initial development and our parenting (it seems to me they are into giving parenting advice and making sure we aren't abusing him or whatever ... I'm sure they see all kinds!). I want to have more kids and I like this practice.
Has anyone else ever just stopped going to well baby visits on account of not getting shots and not really needing the dr. opinion otherwise? Have they agreed to see your subsequent children? I feel like, if he got sick in any way, i'd take him to a naturopath before I'd ever take him to a conventional doc ... so what's the point? (DS was born by csection and was circumsized, so I saw reason for him to be seen to this point.)