California Pacific Medical Center Pediatricians

San Francisco, CA

3700 California Street San Francisco, CA 94118

Parent Q&A

  • Extended breastfeeding pediatrician?

    (7 replies)

    Hello, I'm looking for a pediatrician that encourages and supports extended breastfeeding near San Fran, as far as Daly City in the Peninsula and/or as far as Lafayette in the East Bay. Anyone?

    I breastfed  2 kids until a little over 4.  I saw several pediatricians during this time - in upstate NY at the time, so can't help with the specifics - and none of them batted an eye.  I would suggest if your pediatrician isn't supportive, just switch to ANYONE else.  I think many pediatricians support this practice and it shouldn't be that hard to find.


    Myles Abbott at East Bay Pediatrics was completely supportive of my extended breastfeeding -- the first kid until 18 months and the second kid until 3 and a half. He's a warm, supportive doctor and a really nice person.

    I'm pretty sure Dr. Paula Brinkley at Bayside Pediatrics would meet this criteria.  She's wonderful!

    Update: Location changed. San Bruno as the center, are there any pro-exteded breastfeeding pediatricians nearby?

    We love Dr. Gary Bean in Oakland. Glenview Pediactrics - very open and supportive of extended breastfeeding. I saw him with both of my two kids who were breastfeed past 3 years old.

    "We" breastfed our daughter until she was 2 (in keeping with World Health Organization guidelines, and as is common elsewhere).  She's now 2.75.  Our doctor was Dr. Dong Lin in SF Chinatown, and while I wouldn't say he encouraged us, he certainly didn't have any problem with it.  He is about the kindest, gentlest person we know, very supportive unless there's a reason not to be, and an excellent (western medicine) physician.  His English is fine.  He also always seems available to see her.

    I recommend Dr. Katya Gerwein in Berkeley.  She supports extended breastfeeding.  She is also a wonderful doctor who cares about her patients.  My kids are lucky to have her as their pediatrician.

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June 2006

I am due on 7/19 and am looking for a good pediatrician in the Laurel Heights area(San Francisco). Thanks

We used Dr. Fukuda (3905 Sacramento St) four years ago when our daughter was born at CPMC. We had intended to use her only for the first month and then switch to an east bay dr since we lived in the east bay . We loved her so much though, we kept driving in to see her well past her first birthday. We just loved her Kelly

We've had excellent experiences with both Brock Bernstein and Robert Saffa. Both are CPMC physicians. They are in the same practice. Dr. Saffa is really very relaxed and laid back -sort of an old timer who is very thorough and really works with you. Brock is fabulous too. We had our son a year ago at CPMC and started out with Brock and ended up seeing more of Dr. Saffa because our schedules worked that way. I would highly recommend both of them. We have several friends who are physicians and all their kids go to either Brock Bernstein or Robert Saffa. They are located right in Laurel Heights at 3838 California, Suite 111. You can call them at 415-666-1860. Best of luck! Anon