How to Select a Pediatrician

How to Survive a Pediatrician Breakup

Sometimes things don't go so smoothly. Kristina Leyva, of San Diego, had interviewed and liked her doctor. But after her daughter was born and the pediatrician shrugged off her commitment to breastfeeding -- implying that formula was good enough and not lauding her breastfeeding efforts -- she knew they were a wrong fit.

But unless a doctor makes a blatant error in diagnosis, give her a few visits before you think about switching. If you do decide to "break up," just call the office and ask them to transfer your records -- after you've found a new pediatrician. Should you explain yourself? Not usually. "If your criticism is something the doctor or practice could improve on, like 'your waiting room got too full,' then it's helpful to tell them," says Jennifer Shu, MD, an Atlanta-based pediatrician and Dr. Jana's co-author. "But if you just didn't click, then move on."

Leyva switched when Isabella was 8 months old. "My new doctor trusted my motherly instincts and told me I was doing a good job," she says. "I wish I had switched sooner."

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