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What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt You

One 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.

At no 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 be ignored.

These excerpts and more are from an amazing new book by Susan Markel. To purchase a book at a discount, please click here: buy book

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 was a medical liaison for La Leche League. Susan is also a member of the research advisory counsel at Attachment Parenting International.


You can read more about her philosophy, which is expanded upon in the book, at  .



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