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The Baby Bond, By Dr. Linda Folden Palmer

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #1 in Food and Nutrition


Pros: Easy to read, great information with clear sources, makes sense!

Cons: I want to see a follow up, I`d love to have more information and i`m sure Dr. Palmer will provide in the future

I'm a first time mom also from the healthcare field, so to find a book that I feel has great substance to it is very important. Dr. Palmer writes this book in an easy to read format that flows nicely and I can easily put it down to attend to the needs of my baby and not be lost when I come back to it.
She presents well researched ideas, theories and facts with an organized and unbiased approach. She cites her work well for anyone interested in delving further into a specific topic or questioning it's background.
Overall this book is incredibly helpful and insightful for anyone contemplating attachement parenting or questioning the advice popularized by the media and/or practiced by our parents. More parents and child caregivers should follow their instincts rather than a-how to book on babies that is not supported by evidence based research but rather written simply based on what the ignorant masses do.
I'm a more confident mom in knowing that my gut reactions and instincts in child rearing are proper and supported; my daughter is already a more well adjusted baby that trusts and loves because of the practices we've put in place. I'll be recomending this book to patients and friends for years to come.
High praise for Dr. Linda Folden Palmer for compiling such an incredible piece of literature! You've done a great service in preparing and educating parents to raise a more successful future generation


Pros: Compassionate and compelling

After meeting Dr. Palmer in person I feel a deep sense of loss in not having this resource when my baby was born. We struggled through postpartum depression and other insecurities that her work addresses. I encourage parent needing to be nurtured to include Baby Bond in their parenting library. I know I would have.


Adelaide Zindler

Author, Pray it Forward in 30 Days



Linda Folder Palmer's "The Baby Bond" is a complete informational package on  major behavioral, digestive and immunity issues that parents typically confront when making parenting decisions during the first days, weeks and months after birth.


Often, as parents, we are overwhelmed in the first year, and easily influenced by the opinions of family, friends and the medical community, who, however, may not be up to date on the science. The choices we make for our children, from how we respond to their hunger cues, digestive distress, sleeping needs, and vaccination schedule, to name a few, will have a long impact on their lives, no doubt.


Becoming versed in the issues before birth would be such a bonus to new parents, and I know of no other book that covers so much so well, and in a style that is not judgmental or drawing conclusions and making decisions for the parent.




Pros: very knowledgable author

I have honestly not had the opportunity to yet read this book.  But i have read her past book and given it away as gifts to new moms.  Dr. Palmer has also worked with me directly in helping me treat my son.  My son was born 2 months premature and had severe reflux and failure to thrive, especially during the first year of his life.  I was fortunate to find Dr. Palmer.  She was very personable and full of knowledge.  She greatly assisted me in figuring out ways to "feed" him and get him to increase his calories with foods that were easy for his stomach to digest.  His severe reflux made him unwilling to breastfeed directly.  But I still pumped as much as I could and Dr. Palmer also helped me figure out what foods were okay for me to eat while he was still getting my breastmilk.  I continue to use her as a huge wealth of resources whenever i have a question. 


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

Founder, ConsciousParents.org

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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Resources from Dr. Linda Folden Palmer


1) Attachment Parenting


 Attachment Parenting What is It?

 Bonding Matters... The Chemistry of Attachment How parenting behaviors affect hormonal bonding.

 Nursing: It’s More than Breastfeeding – And Every Mother Can Do It! While seldom recognized, there’s a whole lot more to breastfeeding than nutrition and immunity. And you can nurse while bottle-feeding too!!

 Crying and Caring

 Stress in Infancy: What Damage Can it Cause? Allowing baby to frequently cry unattended or depriving baby of frequent physical contact causes stress in baby.








2) Breastfeeding


 Breastfeeding Crime Two children are torn from a family.

 Will Breastfeeding Give Your Child Cavities?Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed.

bfpage.jpgInsufficient Milk Syndrome: A Fallacy Becomes a Reality







3) Beyond Breastmilk


SLIDE SHOW Beyond Breastmilk
Starting Solids, Delaying Solids, What Does Breastmilk Lack?



In Search of the Natural Weaning Age of Humans

Archeological and other evidence of historical and prehistorical weaning ages

 When It Has to be Formula:
Optimizing the Health of Your Formula-Fed Baby
 Adoption, breast reduction surgery, prolonged NICU difficulties... there are times when formula supplements are just needed. What are the healthiest options?







4) Cosleeping

 Cosleeping &SIDS -- Review
2005 Review of the Latest and Most-Authoritative Studies

 Cosleeping & SIDS Fact Sheet The Facts Against CPSC & JPMA Announcements

 Cosleeping It's Natural and Safe

 Cosleeping in the Media: Media Perpetuating Dis-information

 Infant Sleep and Industry Dollars A Letter to Doctors

 Letter on Bed Deaths Safety in Parental Beds







5) Child Health & Nutrition



 Learn Before it Happens:
What You Need to Know Now About Feeding A Premature Baby

 Colic and Reflux Understanding and Eliminating Colic and GER

 The Deadly Influence of Formula Read how formula feeding doubles the US infant death rate.

 Coming of Age in America (Much too Soon) Diet and Parenting Affect Early Puberty

  Iron Supplements for Breastfed Baby? Iron Supplements in the Absence of Anemia May Be Harmful

 Vitamin K at Birth: To Inject or Not


 Will Breastfeeding Give Your Child Cavities?Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed.

BirthNewborn.jpg The Benefits of Natural Labor For mom and baby

HoneyForBaby.jpg What's Up with Honey and Babies? Is it safe?

HerbalTea.jpg  The perfect kid drink: Herbal teas... Everything you ever wanted to know about tots & teas

 The Dangers of Cow's Milk Overview of chapter from The BABY BOND

 "Milking Your Bones" Calcium & Osteoporosis: Milk does not make strong bones.


 101 Reasons Not to Feed Dairy Products (or Milk Formula) to Your Children On the VegFamily Website






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