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We all have different experiences as parents. There are many things that I cannot provide first hand advice about to my clients. I can provide them with data, suggestions, and anecdotes but ultimately if I have never gone through it my information may be less useful. Breastfeeding is not one of those experiences for me. Between the three children, I have 58 months of breastfeeding experience under my bra (not belt, get it?) and counting.
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What I really think about vaccines.

I suppose it is best to start with the bottom line. Both of my children are immunized with the traditional schedule.

What I want more than anything from this blog entry is to illustrate my view on vaccines for children in a calm and collected manner.  Truthfully, I hate talking about vaccines. It used to be different.  When I was a medical student in Houston at the turn of the millennium, I was most drawn to pediatrics because of vaccines. Preventative medicine, early intervention, anticipatory guidance, and preventing life threatening diseases with science and technology- this is the bread and butter of a general pediatrician and I was enthusiastic.
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