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Susan Besser, MD

Dr. Besser is a mom of six grown children, a grandmom of nine, and a family physician with Mercy Medical Center/ Mercy Personal Physicians, in Baltimore, Maryland.


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An Interview with Dr. Besser

What’s your favorite parenting tip?  Relax! Children are lot more resilient than people give them credit for.

What has surprised you most about parenting?  There’s no manual. It’s a learn-as-you-go process.

I thought that being a physician, I’d know it all, but in medical school they teach you how to deal with sickness, not health. When my babies were born, I was on the same footing as every other new mom.

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food?  When my kids were young, they ate what we ate. If they chose not to eat it, that’s all there was. We never went out of our way to prepare special foods.

We keep kosher, and so there aren’t many options for eating out. There’s no McDonald’s for us! We ate at home almost all of the time. That gave me much greater control over what my family was eating.

How do you work exercise into your family’s life?  We didn’t exercise much as a family; we’re not the big-family-football-game type of people. My kids got plenty of exercise in school. I try to make time for myself to exercise every day, but stuff happens. When my kids were babies, I walked them in the stroller a lot.

How do you recharge your batteries?  I love to read; that’s rejuvenating for me. I also enjoy watching v id eos with my family. We  also just love to sit around and talk.

Dr. Besser’s Q&As

I’m considering using cloth diapers. Did you and how did you make it work?

I’m ready to start giving my baby finger foods. What did you give your baby?

I have a toddler and my mom also lives with us. How can I keep my baby safe without making my mom nuts?

My toddler has a fever. Did you give your kids medicine for fevers?

How do you eat better to lose weight?

How do you maintain your weight?

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