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Gp vs pedi

Posted by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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So since we moved we switched dd to a gp. She had her 12 mo check yesterday (at 13 mo oops). He never mentioned weaning, never asked about sleep, just asked if I was still nursing, and said good! He was pleased with her gain (22.5 lb, 30") and sent us on our way! Such a change from our first pedi who insisted she should be sleeping 5 hr stretches at 3 mo and we were doing something wrong since she wasn't! And insisted she needed a 4oz bottle before bed every night :(
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K8wizzo
by Kate on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

I think it can depend on the individual doctor.  Our pedis have been great, but I think our gp would be as well.

IrishIz
by Silver Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I don't think it is a difference between GP and ped but just providers being different.  My kids only got to the ped and never our family doctor.  My ped...she doesn't care how long we breastfeed, how often we breastfeed, if the baby never gets formula, that we don't circ, that we cosleep.  She sees a kid who is growing and thriving while being breastfed she's happy.  As a matter of fact I have children who are failure to thrive...and never once was it suggested I wean (even the specialists).  So it just depends on who you are dealing with.

melindabelcher
by mel on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM
One family dr in our office isn't a fan of extended breastfeeding, isn't knowledgeable about bf.
The other one doesn't have an issue with it and encouraged me to continue nursing through pregnancy.
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audmom1218
by Silver Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Yeah I'm pretty sure it's the provider difference. And possibly age (he's 30, the other was in her 60s). I'm just excited cuz I get to go to him too! He seems very up to date and not a fan if over medicating.

Dd had a runny nose, clogged tear ducts while teething but no fever over 99.1 and he said just to treat with a warm compress and breastmilk in her eyes and continue to use the humidifier. I think I had to pick my jaw up off the floor! No pushing antibiotics or eyedrops, just keep doing what were doing. I'm thrilled with him!
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eema.gray
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM

We switched to a GP years ago and I love who we see.  Much more relaxed about babies and tends to see the bigger picture rather than the number on the chart today.  :-)

jjchick75
by Silver Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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We use a pediatrician and adore him but there is a great GP here in town I would use if our pediatrician left. Some pediatricians are good and some aren't and some GP are good and some aren't. 

mommaoftwo
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM

we did the same, switched from a pedi to a GP, the pedi sabotaged my breastfeeding with two of my kids, I was not going to let it happen again, and I wanted to stop vaxing. ( she was my dh's pedi when he was little)

We switched to this new GP, who also sees me now, and she is great about breastfeeding, about non-medicinal solutions, ( like silver for a bad diaper rash, or an herbal rinse, etc)

littlelambe2
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:18 AM

We have an awesome family doctor as well. I'm glad we don't go to a pedi :)

audmom1218
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:56 AM
Maybe it was more the practice change but it seemed to me like the pedis I went to (we did make a switch. The 2nd was better but still not great) were looking for problems. This gp seems to go along with g's mentality... Sleep is not guaranteed as a parent and if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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Kris_PBG
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:58 AM
Our pedi is great! I wish I could go to her!!!
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