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Baby Reference, The Baby Bond, By Dr. Linda Folden Palmer


Pros: factual and not too technical, a great resource to make informed decisions


When I started reading this book, I immediately thought “Thank you Dr. Palmer!”  As a mother of a daughter, I practiced attachment parenting not because it was something I read about, but because it was my natural instinct.  This book is a fantastic compilation of the science behind this instinct, and how varying parenting practices affect babies on a physical as well as emotional level. 


I now know why my attachment parenting practices (breastfeeding, cosleeping, nurturing) was beneficial for not only my daughter, but for my own health. 


For example, when I breastfed my daughter for 3 years, I’d get warnings from many people that she was going to become “too attached” to her mom.  In fact, it’s just the opposite.  Because of this book, I now realize the scientific reasons why my little one is well grounded and secure.


I have read many books that speak to the science behind various practices, but are too technical.  Dr. Palmer does a fantastic job of presenting the science without making it too complicated, but at the same time, gives the references for those readers who like technical detail.


This is the type of book to have on hand and keep referring to as things come up.  Read it through the first time, and then use it as a reference after the fact.  I know I want to give this book to everyone I know who is about to have a baby. 


While I believe each parent should do what they feel is best for their child, and their family (cosleeping versus crib, breastfeeding versus formula, responding versus cry it out, etc.), regardless of what path they choose, they should have all the facts first.  This book presents the facts, so that parents can make informed decisions for their family.  It would be a shame to not have this information, and to realize later that you wish you had read this first.


As a clinical nutritionist, I was thrilled to see the detailed and thorough research done in this book on creating the ultimate foundation for health.  Too often I see parents come into my office with their children when they are older with certain health and behavioral issues, many of which could be prevented with applying the information in this book.   I wish all my clients would read this before having children, to give their kids the best chance for ultimate health.  Kudos Dr. Palmer!!!


Erika McDaniel



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Baby Reference, The Baby Bond, By Dr. Linda Folden Palmer

Science is Dr. Palmer's first love and continuing inspiration. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois was in chemistry with a minor in biology. While attending the National College of Chiropractic, Palmer received a Bachelor of Science in human biology as she received her Doctor of Chiropractic. Prior the birth of her son, Dr. Palmer ran a successful chiropractic practice for eleven years, focusing on nutrition and women's health issues. Her practice emphasized diagnosis and patient education. With the birth of Dr. Palmer's son in 1995, she was confronted with his severe health complications and astounded by the extreme lack of accurate or helpful information from doctors or books. Her usual passion for research turned toward infant health and parenting. Her extensive reviews of science and medical research revealed huge conflicts between what is found scientifically and what is standard protocol in pediatric offices. Her research in this area led to writing The BABY BOND. Dr. Palmer led attachment parenting support groups for five years, also coordinating the various groups throughout San Diego County. She has also served as an instructor in anatomy and physiology and a research associate for drugless cancer therapy research. She currently spends her time consulting in infant nutrition and attachment parenting, writing parenting articles and books, speaking to family and professional audiences, and being a wife and mother. A message from Dr. Palmer: Many of the problems that today's parents face while raising their babies are associated with the new parenting and feeding practices that have encroached upon our culture over the last century. These practices have been promoted for several reasons, mostly linked to industry profits. (Colic, for instance, is far more common in the US than in many other parts of the world. It is generally treated with drugs or lactose-free formula, and with little success.) Few will tell you the research findings and the feeding and parenting solutions that work. Ear infections are also more pervasive today. Science shows that cow's milk proteins and other proteins in formula or mother's diet are the chief causes, and that antibiotics, the common treatment, statistically create more problems than solutions. Diabetes, bowel disease, arthritis, and cancers, on the rise in both children and adults, are also strongly linked to infant feeding choices. In the psychological realm, parents have been encouraged to ignore their babies' cries and their own very strong urges to respond, but I have found no sound research to support any long-term benefits of this kind of detached parenting. In fact, a mountain of psychology studies suggest that responsive parenting is best. Email Dr. Palmer at: LFPalmer@TheBabyBond.com. She'd love to hear from you.

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