Bedsharing and Formula Feeding

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

Sleeping with your baby is as old as human history.  It is a biological norm for our babies to want to be close to us (and for most of us, for us to be close to them).  It is a practice that has been condemned in our current society, with fears of suffocation and SIDS leading the way, and most parents have been told flat-out to avoid it.  However, the practice is increasing as … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Beyond Infancy: The Question of Independence

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One of the biggest responses when people hear you bedshare in our Western society is that your child will never learn independence.  You will forever be tied to your child, they will refuse to sleep alone, and you’ll spend your life having to care for them.  This is especially true if you bedshare beyond that young infancy period (and of course if you bedshare during infancy, … [Read more...]

Does Bedsharing Cause “Sleep Problems”?

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

A study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics[1] has made rounds recently with a bold claim that bedsharing actually harms infant sleep at 18 months by doubling the risk of “sleep problems”.  Having read the entire study I can say I’m rather confused by their claims given the data and feel the research really only speaks to one thing: Providing normative … [Read more...]

Educating the Jasseys – Lesson One: Parent-Centric Parenting

Source: "The Newborn Sleep Book"

This month I became aware of a new book being published called “The Newborn Sleep Book”.  The book, written by two pediatrician brothers in Long Island, NY – Lewis and Jonathan Jassey – advocates sleep training your newborn.  I have done an Educating the Experts series – one I may refer to a lot in this one – but the sheer gall of suggesting newborns need “training” (and that … [Read more...]

It’s Not “Just Feed Your Baby”: Why Breastfeeding Discourse Matters

Source: World Breastfeeding Week 2014

World Breastfeeding Week has ended and it’s dredged up a lot of emotions for a lot of people, not all positive.  Under the surface bubbles the anger from those who wonder, “Why can’t it be ‘just feed your baby’?”  In short: Why do we need this discussion about breastfeeding at all?  Why do we need to discuss the science, the merits, the health factors, and all those things that … [Read more...]

Homebirth Risks in the News Again

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The US has a real problem with homebirth and I for one can’t really understand it at all.  It seems that many doctors and hospitals absolutely refuse to believe that homebirths should be happening at all.  That women should not have the choice to deliver their infant at home.  Recently there have been a couple higher-profile studies that have been used to discuss the relative … [Read more...]

Why You Should Care About Circumcision

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This piece was originally published in the Spring 2013, Issue 06 of Nurture Magazine and the original (in pdf) can be seen here. By Tracy G. Cassels I used to be one of those people who thought that routine infant circumcision was a personal decision.  And by personal, I mean parental.  Yeah, I personally would never do it because there was just no point to it in my mind.  … [Read more...]

The Daily Fail Strikes Again!

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Alright, I caved.  At first I wanted nothing to do with this article from the Daily Fail because let's face it - it's the Daily Fail - but because I'm being asked a lot, let’s take it apart, shall we? Let’s start with the title: The new parenting fad experts fear could KILL your baby: Mothers are jeopardising their child's safety by co-sleeping Um… clearly Ms. Hoyle … [Read more...]

Do Parents Matter?

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By Tracy G. Cassels It’s been 14 years since The Nurture Assumption hit bookstores and in that time we’ve seen a steady decline of parents’ beliefs in their own efficacy and influence over their children’s outcomes and behaviours.  In this book, Judith Harris (the author) argued that peers are far more important and that parents actually have no long-term impact on their … [Read more...]