Originally Posted by pazerific
IME they're both pretty indifferent about BFing (seeming to think BFing is good, but formula's ok too), but Schindler has better bedside manner. he's (schindler) also great about offering alternatives. he's done hypnosis for me a few times for various things (like morning sickness--worked really great!) and is just generally very open minded and easy to talk to. hth!
eta: schindler is very no pressure about vaxing. at well child visits, he simply makes sure we're still not vaxing and moves on to the next topic. no lectures, no guilt.
I agree that Dr. Schindler has a good bedside manner and is very open minded and easy to talk to. When I first made the appointment to meet with him, it was because I was going to birth at the ABC. At a prenatal before meeting with him, I was told that I could no longer birth there due to my weight (seemingly coming from a higher-up). I still wanted to interview him as a pediatrician because I had heard good things about him.
When I went in and explained my situation to him (that I was suddenly not a candidate for the ABC anymore due to my weight and new policies or whatever), he was aghast. He used to deliver out of the ABC himself and said something like, "I would deliver you there if I delivered babies now." I told him of my plans for homebirth and he was incredulous. It's not that he wasn't supportive of homebirth. He was just amazed that I didn't have any other options other than a standard labor/delivery room or homebirth. He was genuinely upset about it and called the ABC to ask if they now had a "weight restriction." He wanted to find out the whole deal and he wanted me to know that he felt it was wrong that I had to choose a homebirth instead of the ABC. He said as long as I was close to a hospital, it would probably be fine. (Obviously a medical-minded MD, no matter how alternative, is going to have biases against certain things...his reaction was far more accepting of homebirth than I ever thought an MD's would be. He was just upset I had
to choose homebirth to get the birth I wanted.)
In retrospect, I am SO happy I have chosen homebirth. So it all worked out. I just wanted the OP to know that I believe Dr. Schindler does really care. He had just met me and was upset for
I'm sorry Jennifer's experience with him and breastfeeding wasn't the greatest.