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Our family is moving to the knoxville area (Kingston, actually) two weeks after my due date. We would like to find an extended/exclusive bf friendly doc who preffereably would be okay with selective/delayed vaxing. Any recommendations?
 

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We really like Dr. Russel Rhea with Pediatrics Consultants West. He's very laid back, great with my daughter, and has had no problem with us veering off of the standard vaccination schedule. I was no longer breastfeeding when we started with his practice due to a combination of pregnancy and my daughter's medical issues, but we did have a long conversation about breastfeeding and breastfeeding rates in TN and he definitely seemed to know what he was talking about. I'm having a baby in 3 1/2 weeks and I don't forsee any issues with their office and me breastfeeding. PM me if you want the #.<br><br>
Their practice is incredibly busy though (I think he's become very popular) so I'd call ahead and make sure they are still taking new patients <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We just had our second visit to Dr. Green, so I figured I'd update for the moms who are looking.<br><br>
He briefly examined DS's diaper area, but didn't touch his foreskin or say anything about it, so that was all good.<br><br>
I don't think he was even going to mention vaccines at all - on our first visit, at 15 months, he didn't have a problem with us skipping the last Prevnar and putting off everything else. This was the 2-year visit, and I told him that we were thinking about getting the MMR when DS is three, and asked him if he had the split-up monovalent vaccines. He said that he would like to carry things like that, but they always lost money, being a small practice, so they didn't. But he seemed to think that maybe an allergist he knew would have them. He didn't even mention that I should do them today, or try to convince me to do any vaccines. He also had the nurse bring me an info sheet on MMR and one of their vaccine inserts, so I could compare and decide later. So that was good.<br><br>
As for breastfeeding, we didn't really discuss it by itself, but when he was asking about DS's sleep and I told him he's been waking up once or twice a night lately, he did mention that if I was tired of nursing during the night, it wouldn't hurt DS to stop, since he's 2 now (well, tomorrow). So I guess he could have been a little more breastfeeding-friendly there, but he didn't tell me breastfeeding at this age was bad or recommend that I wean DS during the day or anything like that. So, not perfect, I suppose, but he's way better than our previous doctor, who wanted me to start cereal at 4 months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
(We also had DS tested for lead, since we're moving to a possibly-old house and want a baseline reading, crossing my fingers that that comes back okay.)
 

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Dr. Green is only taking new peds patients if they are newborns. I've been waffling on which practice to switch to (convenience to home/work/vax issues, etc). I decided to go with Dr. McColl, who is in the same practice as Dr. Green. It was a toss up between he and Dr. Rhea, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Avoid, Knoxville Pediatric Associates if you want to delay/avoid vaccinations. They will not accept/keep you as a patient if you don't follow the CDC recommendations. I really, really, really, liked a couple of the docs in that practice, but also did not want to feel bullied about doing something to my child that I was not comfortable with.....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Avoid, Knoxville Pediatric Associates if you want to delay/avoid vaccinations. They will not accept/keep you as a patient if you don't follow the CDC recommendations. I really, really, really, liked a couple of the docs in that practice, but also did not want to feel bullied about doing something to my child that I was not comfortable with.....</div>
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I use Knoxville Pediatric Associates and we have discussed delaying vacs and have been ok with it. I use Dr. Lin. We love him. His son was born just one month before mine so it is nice having someone that is kind of going through the same thing as me.<br><br>
I am sorry you felt bullied. I have been lucky I guess.
 

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I'm glad you are having a good experience with KPA. Dr. Lin is in a different office than the one we used, so maybe that is the difference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use Knoxville Pediatric Associates and we have discussed delaying vacs and have been ok with it. I use Dr. Lin. We love him.</div>
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Wow, when I called KPA before going to Doctor Green, they told me they wouldn't take me unless I would vaccinate on schedule. Maybe some of the doctors don't really agree, but are keeping it quiet. Good to know.<br><br>
I figured I'd update since I mentioned getting DS tested for lead - it came back at a 2, very low! Yay! (But for other patients of Dr. Green, they do consider anything below 10 to be "okay", rather than anything below 5, so if you have your kid tested make sure to ask for the actual number.)
 

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I take my children to Dr. Baker, Pediatric Consultants. She is fine with my delayed, take some leave some vac schedule. She is Pro Breastfeeding, and thinks its great I co-sleep with the baby. I have been to alot of Drs. and she is my favorite.
 

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I am new to MDC but thought I would chirp in here and say that I am in Kingston and we take our children to Dr. Pisano at Oak Ridge Pediatric. While she has never said that she is nonvax friendly she has never argued with me when I didn't vaccinate my children. The only vaccine that she was pretty insistant on was the HIB and that is because she had seen children out of that office die from meningitis. That is the only thing that we vaccinate for until 3yrs of age. She's very probreastfeeding and they have (what seemed to me but I've never had to use her services more than a discussion or two) a very competent lactation consultant at the practice. I nursed my 3rd until she was 3 and also tandem nursed her and the youngest and Dr. Pisano was always telling the two of them how lucky they were that their mama was giving them such a good thing and taking such good care of them nutritionally.<br>
Dr. Pisano was also thrilled when she saw that we were cloth diapering our babies. I have a lot of respect for her and the way she has handled all of my children.
 
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