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Michelle Bennett M.D., F.A.A.P.

Michelle L. Bennett completed her undergraduate degree at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1995, she attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and graduated with honors in pediatrics. She was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Bennett completed her internship and residency at the University of South Carolina. She joined Pediatric & Adolescent Associates in the summer of 2002. Dr. Bennett is board- certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bennett has an interest in breastfeeding and natural parenting. She is a mother of a little boy and a little girl.

What are your hobbies?

Travel, reading, and spending time with my husband and children. I also love attending the live theater.

Advice for expecting parents:

Learn as much as you can about breastfeeding. It is one of the most important decisions you will make about your child's health, and it is well worth the effort -- and so rewarding!

Advice for new parents:

There is a time for everything, and this is the time to focus in on your family. Let some of those pre-baby commitments go. This time is fleeting and precious. Your life is different now, in a new and wonderful way -- seize it!

Advice for parents of teenager:

Designate one night each week as "family night," and spend it cooking dinner together, playing games, watching movies, and just talking. It's okay for friends to join too, just be sure that all of your own family members are there, and enjoy one another.

Most important thing you’ve learned by being a parent yourself:

Children learn what they live. Treat your child with love, respect, gentle hands, and joy, and your child will grow to be loving, respectful, gentle, and joyful.