Just something to think about. I definitely recommend asking around at work, etc.
I used to live in Gaithersburg. You might get lucky and find one, but I wouldn't hold my breath. A typical doctor is a product of the fix-illness rather than prevent-illness medical system. A doctor who fails to deliver the conventional wisdom regarding nutrition risks a malpractice lawsuit. I agree with nyk - you may have to use other criteria to select a pediatrician.
My wife and I are in Arlington and are looking for something similar. You could try Vegetarian Resource Group - they are located in MD. Or Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine in DC. They might know of someone. We haven't had our child yet (due in September) so we haven't gotten that far yet. Let me know if you find someone who looks good.
Hi, I live in Arlington too. My doctor has been very supportive of my vegan diet, although he himself is not vegan. A friend of mine who's been vegan for 15+ years recommended him to me, and I've had a really great experience. He is general practice though, not pediatrician. If you are intersted, here is his profile:
Looking for Veggie friendly Pediatrician for our first child due September 2014! I noticed most of the forum here is quite old wasn't sure if anyone had any new insight for Maryland. We currently live in Columbia, MD, but are willing to travel a bit if he/she is a good doctor!!
This is a good suggestion. BTW - I used to live in Maryland.
Most MDs don't get ANY information on nutrition, prior to getting their degree. Sad, isn't it?
TCM, Ayuveda, and many other avenues are BASED in the nutritional sciences. Makes sense, right?
If I had to do it over, I'd raise my child vegetarian / vegan. The health benefits far outweigh the "chicken McNugget" diet of today.
Stand up for what you believe in & raise your child the way you deem appropriate. Don't compromise.
All animals should be respected & should have the ability to lead a natural & enjoyable life. This means not eating them, or abusing them in any way.