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Breastfeeding Blacklist



[In the spirit of the breastfeeding web page idea, I think we should get this ball rolling. This was originally jbarbie23's idea, so all credit goes to her.]

We're creating a blacklist/goodlist of doctors, lactation consultants, pediatricians and the like who aren't (and are) breastfeeding friendly. Ideally, I'd like this to become a good solid list of medical professionals organized by country, then state/province/territory. It will be easy to navigate and submit your own experiences, having plenty of information and reviews to help you choose a caregiver who is supportive of your child-rearing choices and doesn't send you home from the hospital with a free gift bag from Nestle.

So, what I need from you guys is submissions. Did you have a doctor who told you to wean because of your sore nipples? Did your lactation consultant not like children? Leave a comment with the city/state/country of said caregiver in the subject line (this helps me organize them as they flood into my inbox), their name and briefly describe your experience. Be constructive, not slanderous and insulting. Don't say, "I hate him and he sucks!", instead say, "I don't feel this doctor is breastfeeding friendly because he told me that at six months postpartum my milk went rotten and turned into cheese. He also told me that having cellulite would help my milk supply." Try not to say anything personal about the person, but keep it focused on things he said or did.
On the other hand, if you had a good experience with a doctor/midwife or lactation consultant, please submit that too. Same rules apply; give the location, name and a brief description of the experience. Again, try to be specific and not just give general praise. If you have more then one submission, leave them in separate comments.

If you have any ideas or suggestions to add, please do so! I'll be collecting, organizing and storing this info until it has a place to go. Hopefully, it'll be linked on the userinfo page for easy access.

Thanks.


Example Submission
Subject line: Tampa, Florida
Message body: Dr. Smith (pediatrician) from Smith Family Practitioners - bad! Smith told me to wean my two week old when I came down with mastitis and was very unsupportive and dismissive when I offered him information about nursing through infection. He also handed out formula samples and has formula propaganda in the form of pamphlets and posters in his office waiting room.

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housepoet
Jan. 23rd, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
just a funny comment
""I don't feel this doctor is breastfeeding friendly because he told me that at six months postpartum my milk went rotten and turned into cheese. He also told me that having cellulite would help my milk supply."

YOU my dear are very very funny!!!!!
babyslime
Jan. 23rd, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Re: just a funny comment
I aim to please. ;)
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the_leh
Jan. 23rd, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Santa Rosa, California, USA
I cannot remember her precise name, but the Lactation Consultant I saw at Kaiser Permenante in Santa Rosa, California was terrible. She is not the main Kaiser LC, but a nurse that also does LC visits with mom and baby. She works in the Richard Stien building. Anyhow, she is not helpful at all. She told me that I could continue using nipple shields for my entire nursing experience, and never even MENTIONED that after six weeks you run the risk of a lowered milk supply. Her tips were not very helpful eaither.

I would also like to add that kaiser permenente in Santa Rosa as a whole shoudl be blacklisted. They caused me to have a nipple confused baby, gave her formula and paciferes without my permission, and in general are detrimental to the nursing experience. All the women who I have met in my group lactaction visits are kaiser patients who are having problems due to their lack of breastfeeding expertise.
kristinarivera
Apr. 26th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Santa Rosa, California, USA
READING THESE STORIES,IM SOOOOO GLAD I HAD MT BABY AT HOME SO I DIDNT HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANY OF THIS! SOUNDS HORRIBLE!
the_leh
Jan. 23rd, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
Santa Rosa, California, USA
A woman named Susie who works for the With Child program is awesome! She does these group lactation visits that cost only $15 and she is so helpful. She explained and showed me exactly what to do with my little one, and even realized that my baby may have a dairy allergy (she does, as it turns out). Between her excellent tips, and cutting out dairy, it's like I have a whole new baby. Oh, and I have now sucessfully weaned off the nipple shields!

To find this lc program, look up With Child in the phone book (I don't have the number offand).
babyslime
Jan. 23rd, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: Santa Rosa, California, USA
These are great. :)
But, do you think you could look up in the phone book (or call and inquire) about the full names of said people? Or at least a last name. Dr. soandso is easier to look up then "Susie". :)
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altarflame
Jan. 23rd, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Homestead, Fl, USA
Dorsey Goosby, a male pediatrician, told me that it would be "no big deal" for dad to get up in the middle of the night and offer a bottle so that I could have some rest. He said I was torturing myself for nothing, and said that nipple confusion was bunk. He also ordered sugar water for my son simply because he was born big and couldn't nurse right away, and wouldn't let my daughter leave the hospital because of jaundice (another pediatrician was on my side, saying it would be fine to release her as long as I exposed her to lots of sun,a nd eventually I brought her home with frequent checkups - he was not happy about that).

I also felt a LOT of patronizing from him for even bringing up hesitations about vaccinations, and he ordered me to put my new baby in her own bed. (ignored)
tiphany
Jan. 23rd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
We had an awesome Pediatrician when we lived in the Seattle area. She was very pro-breastfeeding and was great when my daughter lost a lot of weight after her birth and with her jaundice. She never once suggested supplementing. She just watched my daughter closely and had us visit a few times the first 2 weeks so she could watch her weight and her color. She was worth the 15 to 20 minute drive to get to her office *sniff* I miss that pediatricians office so much!!!

Danette Glassy, MD
Mercer Island Pediatrics
2553 76th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206-275-2122
powerpoep
Jan. 29th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
how would you get through the 5 days without milk supply without supplementing? How much weight your daughter lost?
I'm asking because my son was in a similar situation, except for he was born very small (5lb5oz) and lost 7 oz in two days while feeding nearly constantly (apparently i didnt have enough colostrum). So they suggested to supplement, and i was so scared for my boy that I obeyed. We're now 7lb6oz at 4 weeks, and I withdrew formula almost completely (perhaps 1 or 2oz a day, not every day). I have to admit i still give him a bottle of my breastmilk after feedings quite frequently - I'm still scared of weight loss.
blosmbee
Jan. 23rd, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Arlington/TX/USA
I feel that Dr. Raine is not breastfeeding friendly at all. On my daughter's first visit, he reccomended we start supplementing with soy formula because she had lost 1 oz. more than 10% of her bodyweight and my milk hadn't come in yet (It took 5 days to come in- I think because I had a c-section).
Also, when I asked him what books on babycare/parenting he would reccomend he encouraged Babywise above all other books (including Dr. Sears).
TWO THUMBS DOWN!!!
blosmbee
Jan. 23rd, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Re: Arlington/TX/USA
By the way Dr. Raine is a pediatrician, but my former family practitioner was pretty bad too. Dr. Wildemann (also in Arlington, TX). Made rude comments about my nursing bra being "air conditioned", and refused to prescribe me any L2 medications. When I told him those medications were fine, and I had 90oz of EBM in the freezer if I needed to be medicated he said "well aren't you the little mama" in a really rude and condescending tone of voice :\
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so_there
Jan. 23rd, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
chicago, IL, USA
Dr. Jifunza Wright. can't pronounce her first name but she's pro-breastfeeding. she didn't even ask how I was feeding, she just assumed, and said I could nurse during the exam as the baby was getting fussy. also has pro-breastfeeding posters up. oh yeah, and she doesn't even mention vaccinations. I assume she would give them if you ask, but I didn't so there wasn't a word said. she's actually a family practice, so I go to her as well as use her for the baby.

she's south chicago (not the ghetto!) 111th and sawyer? (near western)
Holistic Family Practice
(773) 881-7191
preternatural
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
My old pede in Provo, Utah, Daniel Johnson, was the shit, because he thought it was great that Gabe was extended-BF, and he never gave me any attitude when Gabe still wasn't eating solid food until after he was a year old; just did a finger prick for iron, and when it was fine said, you're doing a great job, keep it up!

Also, we should SO make cheese from breastmilk and sell it for lots and lots of money to granola food shops: "Cheese from the only milk humans were meant to eat!"
housepoet
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Los Angeles, Ca The BAD
the bad place:
UCLA Meidcal Center
10833 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-9111

The Head Ped was named Alfred John Pennisi, [ dude even looking at the discharge papers it says "Mother to suplllement if wet diapers are less than 5" fucker.


I thought myself to be well educated. I had the Le Leche League's "The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding" given to me by my Doula. I read it top to bottom, well before my due date. When that blesses day did arrive, after 46 hours of labor, I was still in high spirits and determined to breastfeed my new son. However, with my large breasts and his very small mouth, it proved to be a difficult task. That along with the fact, I was not happy to be in the hospital, and they weren't happy that he wasn't feeding yet. It was 4 am when I finally got into my room, my don being born at 1:30. 6 different nurses, all childless trying to help me learn how to breastfeed didn't help me at all either. My mom could not help me because she had to go back home 100 miles away. My SO, a new father who obviously couldn't lactate himself, was no help. My birth coach who nursed her daughter couldn't be there to help. No one was there to help. They wouldn't let my SO stay with me either. So I was alone with a little tiny person I knew nothing about it and strangers coming in with fake smiles and no real breastfeeding knowledge. It was a horrific experience.

When I finally got to see the Lactation Consultant around noon, I was first very excited, she had 6 kids all breastfed, and when she stood at the foot of my bed she did the mommy dance, you know rocking back and forth slowly as though she was hearing some slow song in her head. I thought she was going to be my saving grace. I so desperately wanted to feed my son and his father wanted that to happen to. We tried and tried, for a good 15 minutes, then she had to leave and help out the other women who had given birth that morning after me. The nurse right after the LC had left came in with a what she called, "a gift from the hospital." That ugly yellow and blue bag containing formula. *sigh*

When the LC came back later in the day, we still hadn't gotten it. I asked her to get me a rocking chair. They were all being used by other mothers. I felt hopeless and like a failure because I could not get this to work. I did not think that it would happen right away of course, I knew it was going to take work, per what the LLL book said, but it was really starting to become more and more a scary thought that I could not breastfeed. The LC wasn't giving me enough support she even suggested formula, and a bottle because my son's tongue was doing a thrust out instead of sucking in. She stated that you can train the tongue with a bottle! I knew that one other problem was that I was in the hospital. Where I did not feel comfortable and did not want to be. My natural birth had turned into a pitocin dripping epidural having nightmare at the last minute to get my child out of me. I was feeling horrible about that, and wanting to get as far away from that horrid place as fast as I could. All that coupled with the fact that I had just given birth. My hormones were on the rampage, and I was tearing up one minute and angry the next. When my son would start to cry it was tearing at my heart. I wanted to feed him from my breast so badly. He was getting colostrom, it was getting into his mouth, but no real latch had been established. The LC suggested that we try a SNS. Which I reluctantly did, just to get something in my boys stomach. Still no use. To make matters worse the resident pediatrician on duty came in, when she looked at my boppy nursing pillow and asked what it was, I told her and she said, "I've never seen something like that before." My heart sank and I thought "YOU'RE A PED. HOW CAN YOU NOT KNOW WHAT A NURSING PILLOW IS??!!"
housepoet
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Los Angeles, Ca The BAD..cont.
The tension was mounting. They stated that they wanted to keep me there for another 2 days, unless my son would start making diapers. Which he wasn't. I just wanted to go home so I could establish our nursing relationship without people coming in and checking on me every five minutes. That to them was a no go. I cried to the real pediatrician. The actual doctor, not the resident. He was uncaring. A cold man, with dead eyes who told me to stop getting upset and recommended that I give the baby formula. He made me swear that if I was discharged early that I would feed my son formula, because he "didn't want him coming back to the hospital in a few days malnourished."



*sigh*

I agreed.

We packed up our things and finally got to go home, a scary experience as well. Lots of traffic and it seemed to take forever to get home. Once there I had another mental breakdown. What am I doing at home and not knowing how to feed this child? I was terrified. I spent that night, getting up every two hours, and feeding my son formula out of a bottle. Even now as I type this, I cry, because I can remember looking at his little face sucking down that awful awful sham of food into his little tiny body. I vow that I would not give him the formula again. My SO was no help. He didn't understand the need to breastfeed him, even though he is for breastfeeding, being a breastfed baby himself. He just wanted his son to eat and saw no "harm" in giving him a little formula. That day after we got home I spent alone, my SO had to go to work, so I was left at home alone with a baby I couldn't feed. I spent the whole day trying to find someone to come and help me learn how to breastfeed him. I tried and tried, I cried and cried. All day. Finally my mom showed up at 4, driving back down 100 miles. God she is a wonderful woman. She made calls she helped me find someone who was Free and open on Saturday’s. My son hadn't eaten in over 24 hours. I'm sure he lost a lot of weight. That night when he would cry, my SO was angry with me because I wouldn't give him formula. He urged me and urged me. I cried and refused.
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jbarbie23
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Hey, I don't know how I could help in terms of organizing, but I'd be happy to, so let me know. I will definitely have a ton of submissions over the next few weeks/months, so at the very least I could set it up in such a way that you could import. Let me know.

Here are a few for now:

Dr. Carolina Ceron-Canas, Progressive Pediatrics, Jacksonville, FL, USA

She is a board-certified pediatrician as well as an IBCLC who has worked in breastfeeding advocacy for many years. She practices evidence-based medicine (no antibiotics unless indicated, etc), and gives sound breastfeeding advice to new mothers. She personally procured breastfeeding-friendly advertising to place in visible spots around the office.

Dr. Valerie Miles, Progressive Pediatrics, Jacksonville, FL, USA

She is a board-certified pediatrician, and the founder of Progressive Pediatrics. She has studied holistic medicine and incorporates its tenets into her care. She is very judicious in her use of allopathic medicines (which can disrupt the bf relationship - especially antibiotics), and encourages parents to focus on ways to maintain the whole health of the child, including extended breastfeeding. She offers sound breastfeeding advice to new mothers, and does not allow formula advertising to be displayed in the office.

Dr. Kimberly Van Scriver, A Place for Women, Jacksonville, FL, USA

A board-certified ob/gyn. She is supportive of natural birth, and is very judicious with the use of medical labor and birth interventions, which are known to increase the risk of breastfeeding problems. She actively encourages breastfeeding.

Loretta Haycook, IBCLC, Baptist Beaches Hospital, Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

An IBCLC who works privately and in the hospital setting. Loretta keeps up with new information on breastfeeding success strategies, and offers sound breastfeeding advice and assistance to new mothers. She understands the value of perseverance, and views supplementation (via cup, spoon, or SNS) as a last resort.
jbarbie23
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Also, Dr. Miles and Dr. Ceron do NOT recommend stopping bf because of issues like jaundice, mother's need for medication, etc. They educate the mothers on why it's best to continue bf.
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theprophecygirl
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Orlando, FL USA
Altamonte Pediatrics (both offices - one in Altamonte, one in Maitland) told me to give my extremely fussy 4 week old daughter Carnation Goodstart, then told me to give her soy formula. They also explained to me that I needed to supplement her when she had not regained her birthweight by 3 weeks old and was still slightly jaundiced. We left after her 2 month well-baby visit when they told me to start her on rice cereal.
mommafreak00
Jan. 25th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Orlando, FL USA
hey im in Orlando also :)
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andshedied
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
Bullhead City, Arizona : So-so experience
Dr. Tariq of Children's Medical Center. Bullhead City, Arizona
At first she recommended supplementing with formula because I looked tired and because she wanted to fatten my daughter up for winter.
Past the year mark, she is still supporting my decision to breastfeed. Obviously something changed during the year and she went from formula pusher, to encouraging extended nursing.
She's still a lot better than most pediatricians in the area.
smiles_and_sins
Jan. 23rd, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
I would like to offer my webmastering skills and offer to host the site for you free of cost; I have my own server. :-)
babyslime
Jan. 23rd, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
Much appreciated. :)
I actually do web and graphic design for a semi-living. (Not regularly, as I'm a mom first and foremost)

It was my understanding that some BN's were working on getting something like breastfeeding.net to start piling some of our BN greatness... when/if that's the case, this will go on there.
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madamemonday
Jan. 23rd, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
Nashville, TN USA: YES!
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Women’s Education and Lactation Center
4151 Medical Center East
Nashville, TN 37232-7425
615-936-1414


Overall, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital has been phenomenal in promoting breastfeeding-friendly practices.

The referral doctor we saw there when Gavin's FFT was diagnosed, Dr. Veronica Gunn, did not try to automatically push formula to bring his weight up. Rather, she was willing to work with us to bring Gavin's weight back up in a much more healthy way. She even encouraged us to use donor milk if I was unable to get my supply back.

Also, I'd like to recommend The Women's Education and Lactation Center, also located at Vanderbilt. I dealt with Maribeth Hagan, who attempted to work with me to rent a pump. She was warm, enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable.

Heck, everybody at Vanderbilt I've ever encountered has been excellent! =)
mix3d3m0ti0n5
May. 24th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: Nashville, TN USA: YES!
OFF TOPIC, but I wanted to say Vanderbilt Children's Hospital is a great place.

My neice is recieving treatments for ALL there and they have treated my brother's family like family there. They can't say enough good about them.
mamamoo
Jan. 23rd, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
San Clemente CA, USA ~ Thumbs up for....
Sears Family Pediatrics (949) 493-KIDS

Pro BF, no problem with delaying vaxes, co-sleeping, etc.

IBCLC in the office is Susan Kristie

Susan spent a lot of time with us to get baby latched on and nursing properly. She was very warm and caring. Patient with new Mom and baby. Offered to let us come in for free weight checks and said to call whenever we had a problem.

(I would classify them as Orange County CA)
mich311e
Jan. 23rd, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
Phoenix, AZ - Good!
Bethany Women's Healthcare and Birth Center
3660 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ (directions)
Tel: (602) 973-3200

Lactation Consultant: Angela Lober (I will try to find out her certifications, I believe she is a R.N.)
Offers a great breastfeeding class for pregnant couples. Lactation services for one $40 fee, that covers all additional visits and phone calls. Nursing mom's support group meets twice monthly.

Angela is awesome, I saw 2 LC's in the hospital but I really liked Angela's style better. She's calm and knowledgeable without talking down to you. I'm also glad I attended her breastfeeding class.

Midwifes: the midwifes are great, I saw 4 of them they all support and recommend breastfeeding.

The practice has the only free-standing birth center in Phoenix.
mich311e
Jun. 12th, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
Re: Phoenix, AZ - Good!
Angela Lober is an RN, BSN and Certified Lactation Counseler.

www.bethanywomen.com
greymouse
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
Dr. Victoria Hagstrom in St. Charles, MN has been very supportive of me breastfeeding. When she found out I was still breastfeeding at 6 months and hadn't introduced solids, she told me to skip baby cereal/baby food and to go ahead with just giving her real food, but that she doesn't actually need anything until she's a year old because my milk provided everything she needs.
two_roads
Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Minneapolis/Minnesota/USA
Dr. Leon Satran
University of Minnesota: Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health
Primary Care Center
612-624-9499

Dr. Satran is Noah's pediatrician, and he is very supportive of bfing. At our 4-month check up, he urged us to continue exclusively bfing until at least six months (of COURSE we will!). He also goes out of his way to help you schedule appointments with specialists, if need be, and called us to check up on us when we had to make an appt with a different pediatrician once. I would recommend him to all bfers in the Mpls area!
two_roads
Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Minneapolis/Minnesota/USA
Also - Fairview University Medical Center- Riverside Campus (Minneapolis).

The drs and nurses at this hospital are very pro-breastfeeding and helped me immensely when Noah was born. A lactation consultant (named Evelyn - will try to find out her last name) came to check on us within hours of Noah's birth, and the nurses were very knowledgeable about bfing as well. When it was feared that my son was slightly dehydrated and needing more colostrum, the nurses helped me pump and taught me how to finger-feed Noah the expressed colostrum. They sent me home with the parts to the electric pump as well as a syringe/tube for feeding, if needed. They listened to my wishes and never gave Noah a bottle or pacifier and my husband, Noah, and I all slept together in the "family room" with a queen-sized bed. :)
housepoet
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Santa Monica, CA - Pre Natal Care
Westside Family Health Center
(310) 450-2191
1711 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
http://www.wwhcenter.org/

They ROCKED. I had two midwives, Ann Turdell and Susan I forget her last name. But they were very great. Gave me great pre natal care and made me feel comfortable all the time.

spudschuh
Feb. 18th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Santa Monica, CA - Pre Natal Care
Okay, I know you posted this over a year ago, I just had to comment 'cause I grew up in that neighborhood. (On 17th and Pine.)
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jbarbie23
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
Dr. Wesley Grootwassink
Minneapolis, MN

This doctor is completely unsupportive (and disdainful) of natural birth. He does not allow his patients access to doula care during labor and birth. Doula care is known to lower risk of many of the birth traumas that can sabotage breastfeeding. He also performs unnecessary c-sections, which can hinder breastfeeding success as well.
jbarbie23
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
He also badmouths probiotic use, which can be helpful with yeast overgrowth, another saboteur of breastfeeding success.
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magdalene74
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
Tampa, Florida
The indifferent..

Tampa General Hospital.

they were supportive at first, but refused to use any measure to feed mary besides a bottle or a tube when she was not allowed to the breast because of sever rh related Jaundice, even when i suggested fingerfeeding, cup feeding or syringe feeding,they said only tube feeding was allowed by hospital policy ::eyeroll:: furthermore they INSISTED that she be bottlefed for the last 24 hours before discharge or they would NOT discharge her!

the fairly good

Dr. Veronica Tenkate
(numbers i cant remember) Dr Martin Luther King Jr blvd.
Tampa, Fl 33614
813-870-1600

very pro-breastfeeding but will NOT treat patients who delay vacs and is very anti cosleeping (which advice we simply ignore.. whats she gonna do, a spot check?) She seems very excited that i breastfeed and was very happy when i got past the six month point, even though my little one is on the tiny side, shes never suggested supplementing, though she has advised me to offer a bottle (after 4 weeks) "just in case your milk dries up" which intimidated me slightly. Doesnt seem overly concerned that mary WONT take a bottle now. Ive told her i intend to breastfeed "as long as she (mary) wants to" and got only a "good". So im assuming shes pro extended nursing, we shall see in another few months :)
With Love,
Marie
scarlete
May. 27th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Tampa, Florida
I'm checking out Dr Berger. Have you heard anything about him?

http://www.vitalitywellness.com/practitioners/berger.php

I'm so SIKED!

I went to Johnson-Towson (at the Pediatric Place). Not too happy with her.

Seemingly pro-breastfeeding, but offered me formula packs at two appointments. Says she's pro delayed vax, but office staff give me a hard time and she talked me into two vaxes. X(

(I'm going to comment this separate so it's seen. :D
samuraigrrrl
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Family Birthing Center, Blount Memorial Hosp., Maryville, Tn
VERY breastfeeding friendly/militant! by medical necessity, i had a c-section and as soon as i was out of the o.r., the nurses brought my daughter to me and propped my still numb arms up on pillows and latched her on!
babies room in with mom instead of in a nursery, so you can nurse anytime, all the time, on demand.
the LC, sarah (i will try to find a last name for you), came in each morning and evening to make sure things were going well. she checked her latch on the first day and corrected her rolled in bottom lip. she knew the up-to-date stuff like instead of switching the baby after 15 minutes at the breast, let her empty one completely to get all of the hind milk and things like that. even though i didn't have to call her after i left the hospital, i think she's marvelous. oh, and if i had needed to consult her after leaving the hospital, the first time is free.
none of the stuff they sent me home with had any free formula or formula coupons in it.
they are also a pacifier free zone!
lateforthesky
Jan. 25th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
MN
Dr. Lisa Gears, MD Pediatrics - Mostly good

Dr. Gears is very supportive of breastfeeding, but she will give out free formula samples if asked. She seems very happy that my daughter is breastfed, and has told me that she should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months, and breastmilk should make up the bulk of my daughter's diet for the first year. She tried to tell me that my baby needs Vitamin D drops, though. At every visit, she has mentioned how her own kids were breastfed, including her (currently) 11-month-old son.

Dr. Brian Grubbs, MD Surgery - Great!

Dr. Grubbs performed my laparoscopic surgery. After I informed him that I was breastfeeding, he went out of his way to assure me that I would be able to nurse again as soon as possible, and proscribed safe painkillers for the recovery.

(During the consultation, he seemed thrilled that my baby was breastfed, telling me how his wife did the same for all three of their daughters. At the post-op check-up, he was disappointed I didn't bring my baby with me so he could see her again.)

Both doctors are located at:
Park Nicollet Clinic - Shakopee
1415 St. Francis Ave
Shakopee MN 55379
(952) 993-7750

Edited to fix my typos. That's what happens when I NAK!
call_me_ps
Feb. 3rd, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: MN
YAY!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in Shakopee and am looking for an CNM/OBGYN and Pediatrician. Park Nicolett Shakopee is where my husband and I go right now.

So...can I ask a few questions? Did you give birth in St. Francis? I think that's where I'll be giving birth and would like to know more about the labor and delivery there. Do they have jacuzzi tubs? Do they have birthing balls and stools? What are the rooms like? Beds big enough for SOs? Etc. etc. Tell me as much as you can! (if you can!)
Re: MN - lateforthesky - Feb. 3rd, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
mommafreak00
Jan. 25th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Maitland Fl USA
Dr Jennifer Thielhelm
300 N Lake Destiny Drive
Maitland Fl, 32751
407-660-7052

Good office very pro- breastfeeding.
chris_g
Jan. 25th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
Bassetlaw Hospital Maternity Unit, UK
In 2001, they were very inflexible about allowing a baby out of the SCBU to be with a mother who was overtly requesting to establish breastfeeding and extremely lax about following her instructions to summon her for a feed. They also gave out feed and nappy charts which were clearly designed to monitor formula feeding and would foster early anxiety about not knowing what a baby was eating. Nothing appalling but definitely unsupportive. I felt very glad that I knew what I needed and how to get it.
babyslime
Jan. 25th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Bassetlaw Hospital Maternity Unit, UK
I'm going to assume the hospital is located in a city called "bassetlaw"? ;)
Re: Bassetlaw Hospital Maternity Unit, UK - chris_g - Jan. 25th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
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