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If anyone has any recommendations for a great doctor in the UWS, please post! I'm hoping to find one anywhere in 60th-80th street that I can walk to. Thanks!
 

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What practice are you going to now, and why do you want to change?<br>
That will help us all give you a new resource.<br><br>
FYI, There are a lot of really good <b>mainstream practices</b> on the UWS they are all knowledgeable and really supportive of breastfeeding. Which is a very good thing. Most are truly not over prescribing antibiotics anymore. Being NYC all are affiliated with an excellent university teaching hospitals.<br><br>
However, If you want someone who accepts no VAX that is very slim pickings. The only one I knew has moved away to Hawaii !<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
You might have to go downtown to the "Continuum for Health" for a more accepting no vax doc.
 

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I don't have one right now because I'll be a first time mom. I'd like one that is very pro-breast feeding and supports delay vaxing, but it's important that I find one within walking distance so that I don't have to get in a cab which would be my main mode of transportation.
 

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Everyone is good with breastfeeding, we have brow beaten all the peds up here<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> They are also used to co sleeping, extended bf, and generally leave you alone and don't hassle you. Except for vax.<br><br>
Dr Max Van Gilder on CPW and 81st street has been known to not hassle you about Vax. I really like his temperament. Not an alarmist. Not an interventionist, reassuring does not over prescribe antibiotics, and definitely very knowledgeable and pro breastfeeding.<br><br>
He used to be the ped to go to when you had a homebirth and were not vaxing. I live in this 'hood and I have had many friends who never vax their kids or delayed or didnt want some, and used his practice.<br><br>
On the other hand, there are other people he would not take them in the practice if they did not vax, or tried to convince them to vax. So it seems that it depends on the family.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br>
Others can chime in with who else is okay with delayed Vax on the UWS.<br><br>
However DO NOT call and ask the nurse or receptionist on the phone if the practice is supportive of delayed or no Vax! They will tell you the party line <b>NO</b>! A lot of doctors can and will be flexible about vax if they are in private practice as he is.<br>
Talk about this privately with the doctor in the interview.<br>
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I'd consider talking to Charles Gordon (80-something and CPW), who's a solo practice doctor. We used him for the first year, before our insurance changed, and were happy with him. He's pro-bf (no formula samples in the office, etc), extremely available, and a generally nice guy. He's not into overmedicating, isn't an advocate of circ, etc. Super flexible about vaxing--he'll tell you he's obliged to give you the spiel, but then he has no problem with whatever schedule you choose. He's got some pedantic tendencies, but, hey, so do I. I liked him--not over the moon crazy, but when the rubber hit the road, he was rock-solid. He takes parents *very* seriously--if you're worried, then he's worried. He also thinks you know your kid best, a revolutionary thought. When our ds spiked a high fever and was absolutely inconsolable for something like 11 hours, we were talking about an ER visit. He was prepared to meet us there.<br><br>
It's further afield, a straight shot on the 1, but you might be interested in Bertie and Rachel Bregman, Westside Family Medicine, at 110th and Broadway. They're not crunchy by any stretch of the imagination, but they haven't blinked an eye at me nursing for close to 3 years, or vaxing verrrrry delayed and verrrrry selectively. I suspect they're in the CIO realm, but it's not like I was going to them for parenting advice. They're super available (they always have same-day appointments if you're worried about something), and they're more laid back than a lot of pediatricians because they're family docs, not just peds.<br><br>
In general, I'd say make sure you're getting your bf support from some other place besides your ped, unless your ped is an IBCLC. They may be "supportive" in the sense of well-meaning, but still give you really crappy advice.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In general, I'd say make sure you're getting your bf support from some other place besides your ped, unless your ped is an IBCLC. They may be "supportive" in the sense of well-meaning, but still give you really crappy advice.</div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">What I always tell clients is all pediatricians are <i><span style="font-family:Verdana;">supportive</span></i> of breastfeeding but not knowledgeable and have no knowledge of breastfeeding management.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">So if ever advised to "give the baby formula" what you really should hear is,</span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">go home and call an IBCLC</span></b>, and fix breastfeeding. Sometimes formula is the right prescription but only in combination with fixing breastfeeding</span>
 

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gordon told me not to "fetishize" bfing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> and that his wife bf'd for 19 days and decided it didn't promote intimacy.<br><br>
i got pro-bfing vibes but not great positioning help from ward. that whole practice (khanna) is cio. i found ward hard to get a call back from. my mw recommended sisala in that practice and that might have been the better path.<br><br>
bregman also cio.<br><br>
glad to hear the good things re van gilder.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">gordon told me not to "fetishize" bfing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> and that his wife bf'd for 19 days and decided it didn't promote intimacy.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> Well, there he goes from my "mainstream docs who are mostly okay" list. If he'd said that to me, I think my head would have exploded.
 

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This is great! I hope more people chime in with their suggestions. It'd be nice if I can find one near 70s and more west than CPW. I had to look up CIO to understand what some of you were talking about. I guess the mothering.com community is against CiO? In reading about it briefly, I don't think I'd be able to leave my baby to cry it out.<br><br>
But anyways, does anyone go to a family dr instead of a ped? What are the pros and cons?
 

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In my experience both personally and with clients you can go to any practice where you just like the doctor and the vibe and get along with them. Go interview practices on your health insurance in your neighborhood.<br><br>
The key is to become confident in how you're parenting and not get intimidated when they recommend stuff that is philosophically different then your style of parenting. Take from the doctor what you need and leave the rest. You really only use them for routine check up stuff and in case of an emergency.
 
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