Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt You
way that you can connect with your baby is by giving birth in an
environment that allows you to be with your baby all the time
after you give birth at a hospital.
“Bonding” in this context does not mean just a few
short minutes before the baby is taken to the nursery to be washed,
weighed, wrapped, and warmed.
There is absolutely no reason why a healthy baby
should be separated from you.
Mothers who give birth in a hospital can request that
all newborn procedures occur at their bedside.
These procedures include weighing, measuring, administering eye
ointment, the newborn exam, heel stick blood test (used to screen
for rare genetic metabolic
vitamin K injection, and bathing, if desired.
time should the baby be left in the nursery without a parent or
family member watching. If you want your baby to receive only breast
milk, you should personally see to it that no supplementary bottles
with sugar water or formula are given. Once your baby’s in the
nursery and out of your sight, it’s quite common for your wishes to
These excerpts and
more are from an amazing new book by Susan Markel. To purchase a
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About the author: A Board-Certified Pediatrician who
has a private consultative practice specializing in parent coaching
and child health, Susan Markel is a graduate of Tufts
University School of Medicine in Boston. She became a fellow
of the American Academy of Pediatrics in1981, and an International
Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 1997. For many
years, she had a private practice in Connecticut, during which she
medical liaison for La Leche League. Susan is also
a member of the research advisory
Attachment Parenting International.
can read more about her philosophy, which is expanded upon in the