We all know pediatricians are important, right?
I mean, you see the doctor at least nine times in your baby’s first year…and that is just for well checks.
You’ll see them more if your baby gets sick.
So finding a pediatrician that you get along with is huge.
We do things a little bit differently with Grey…I mean it all feels quite normal to us…but some people may find it different.
We co sleep, breastfeed on demand and we took a baby led weaning approach for solids just to name a few.
I am not saying all of that is right, it’s just what works for us.
A few of our doctors didn’t agree. They told me to get Grey out of our bed, not to nurse on demand or to sleep and that we should definitely take the traditional route to getting him started on solid food.
But none of that felt right to me and I think a big part of being a mother is following your instincts.
So…every time I left Grey’s checkups for the first 6 months of his life, I felt like a complete failure.
I was so tired of being lectured by pediatricians on things that I felt so strongly about so I knew something had to change.
I went to three different doctors at the same office before I finally switched to a completely different practice.
And I am so glad that I did.
Our new pediatrician is amazing!
She is so good with Grey and doesn’t give me any grief about cosleeping, breastfeeding or baby led weaning.
I just love her!
I never leave her office feeling down about myself. In fact, she is constantly commending me on what a good job I am doing…and that is the best feeling ever!
I wish I would’ve switched sooner but it’s really hard to find the right doctor.
So…here are some tips!
1. Ask friends who parent the same way you do.
We all parent differently so make sure when asking for recommendations, you ask the people who have a similar parenting style.
(This one was tough for me though because I didn’t have a lot of Mom friends at the time.)
2. Join FB groups and ask there.
I am part of our local La Leche League Facebook group and that is how I found our new pediatrician. I asked for specifics. I wanted a recommendation on a doctor who was pro breastfeeding and cosleeping. I got several recommendations on that FB group because obviously they are all breastfeeding moms.
Once you get a few recommendations, do some researching! Almost all doctors have a little bio on their website so go read it! Also, google their names. All sorts of stuff should come up to give you a better feel on the type of person they are. Sometimes you can even find reviews!
4. Call the office and talk to a nurse.
If you still aren’t sure, call the offices and talk to the nurses. Tell them what you are specifically looking for (pro breastfeeding, delaying vaccines, formula feeding, gentle parenting, traditional feeding, etc) and they should be able to let you know their thoughts on who would fit that description.
The most important part is that you actually find someone you love! They are going to be a big part of your lives so it’s a good idea to look around for a little bit. It can be a hassle transferring medical records and switching to a new office but it is so worth it!!! I used to dread going to Grey’s appointments because I knew I either had to lie or get a lecture…but now I love going!
Being a parent is hard and having a supportive pediatrician makes all the difference in the world.
How did you find your pediatrician?