I had such a frustrating experience with my kids’ pediatrician today. I am sure you all know my struggles with Virginia’s weight and month after month of weight checks that leave me feeling inadequate and ridiculous. Today was the king of all inadequacies, the day I was told in not so many words that by my persistence to breastfeed I was slowly starving my baby. “Irregular Growth Curve” are the three words he kept pounding into my head. He was not interested in persuing any other causes for her slow growth. Once I said I was not willing to supplement with formula he stopped being interested in my baby being his patient any longer. Over and over again I told him it is not a milk supply issue. I have been breastfeeding for 13 years. I know what a healthy milk supply looks like. I told him I would take her to the hospital for tests, but because I disagree with his course of action he was just plain not willing to entertain any other possibilties. He told me to find another pediatrician who is content to “sit by and do nothing”. And he was implying that by doing nothing I was jeaopardizing my child. He was arrogant, condescending and just plain stubborn. Not qualities that befit a children’s doctor IMO. You will be proud of me, I didn’t yell or even raise my voice and I didn’t even cry…well until I got outside. LOL I cancelled her nine month appointment and as soon as I had my composure back I called another pediatrician for a second opinion.
I am so sad to be leaving my pediatric practice. I have been going there for 13 years! I hope they give him a hard time for losing six of their patients at once. If only he had been even the tiniest bit flexible I would have been willing to continue in his care. But he, as so many other doctors, believes he knows best because he is a doctor and has a degree.
FWIW if you are in UT the name of the Dr. is Jeff Erickson at Mountainview Pediatrics.