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Breastfeeding

How to feed your new baby is an important decision. As a mother, you must choose between exclusive breastfeeding, formula feeding or a combination of the two. There are many factors that may cause you to choose a particular method of feeding over another, including your personal feelings and knowledge, opinions of your friends and relatives, or recommendations from medical staff and doctors. We are eager to help guide you to the best choice for you.

Breastfeeding has been shown to have numerous benefits for both mothers and their babies and is the preferred method of feeding during the first six months of life. Benefits for babies include improved stomach movement, decreased respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, decreased allergies and decreased chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Mothers benefit from increased feeling of closeness to their baby, decreased bleeding after delivery, faster weight loss, decreased breast cancer and decreased stress levels during breastfeeding. Families benefit from the money saved by not having to buy formula!

If by choice or by medical staff recommendations you supplement your baby’s breastfed diet with formula, many (but not all) of the benefits of the breast milk remain. Therefore we recommend continuing to breastfeed even if supplementation is given.

We strive to maintain a breastfeeding supportive environment in our office. From a private breastfeeding waiting room to supportive and informed staff, you should feel right at home during your visits.

Immunizations

Vaccines are one of the biggest improvements in public health in modern history. They have been so successful at preventing harmful and deadly germs that many parents have never heard of the illnesses vaccines prevent. This might lead us to think that the vaccines are no longer necessary. Recently, we have seen the opposite is true. If a significant portion of a community is unvaccinated these germs will reappear. This was true in both the measles and meningitis outbreaks that occurred in 2014. For these reasons, we recommend and administer vaccines as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practice.

As for all healthcare decisions for your child, you are the final decision maker in your child’s care. If after discussion you prefer to defer or follow an alternate vaccine schedule your preferences will be honored and followed.

Please refer to this link for complete schedules of recommended vaccines.

Reference for information about recommended vaccines:

Well-Child Visits

Well-child visits are a very important part of raising a happy and healthy child. At these visits we review your child’s medical history, medications, hospitalizations and surgeries. We then perform a thorough medical exam, measurements, eye tests, hearing tests and necessary lab tests. Immunizations are reviewed and necessary vaccines administered after discussion and consent. Any concerns or problems found are addressed. Well visits are also a good time to address questions you may have about your child’s health or development. At the conclusion of every visit you will be advised and scheduled for the next recommended visit. Generally visits are recommended after newborn discharge from the hospital at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years and then every year after that.

A very detailed schedule of visits is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.