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Old 12-19-2004, 07:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A friend of mine insists that becasue Im holding my baby when she sleeps that I could cause back problems. That she "needs" to be sleeping flat on her back.
DD is 9 mos old and sleeps SOOO much better when its with me.
So of course when my friend told me this I just brushed it off. But theres no way shes going to just "take my word for it" Anyone know of any AP friendly websites I could point her to that say flat out that theres NOTHING WRONg with HOLDING your baby!!!???????

(ps. This is also my friend who INSISTS that I should give DD a bottle of formula with some rice in it becasue "she should be sleeping through the night by now, and shes not healthy") lol

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Umm...I don't know how to "prove" your friend wrong about the holding thing, but I think she is full of

There are many excellent sites that confirm that a baby 1) doesn't need a bottle of anything 2) cereal in a bottle is plain dangerous 3) Solids before 6 months increase the risk of obesity, allergies, and many other undesirable things.

Here are just a few:


http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html

http://www.wiessinger.baka.com/

http://www.breastfeeding.com/

http://www.bflrc.com/newman/articles.htm

http://www.lalecheleague.org/home_intro.html

Good for you for seeking accurate information and not listening to misguided (although maybe well meaning) advice.
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If that's true than there are many, many parts of the world where probably almost everyone is probably walking around with a spinal problem. I know for sure there's a widespread spinal problem in India, and I think in S. America and Africa too!

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Just had this very same discussion with MIL who is still tripping about my usage of slings and wraps with my 2 month old, even though my 5 year old (who also lived in a sling for 2 1/2 years) is quite healthy and has great posture! Apparently here in eastern europe mothers were told by the "expert doctors" that they had to always have their backs straight. So the moms would nurse the babies and then put them right back in the crib or baby carriage. The only reason I picked up in this is because she was instructing my DD to "never let his body be bent" when holding my baby. Eeek! How on earth would my dd hold him!? I corrected her and said in fact, one should never force the spine straight (though in a newborn it is essentially straight, has yet to develop the major curves) because it is not yet strong enough to hold up the body!
I think your friend just likes to be contrary. but proof... i dunno... i'll look
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Hmmm...I am a massage therapist. I don't usually see people who have problems due to holding in childhood....its usually due to the stupid computers we are all sitting at too much of the day.

I think I would just nod and politely say...hmmm interesting, Ive never heard of that before...and snuggle your babe all the live long day!

Silly silly people!
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I'd tell her, "No, but too much time lying flat gives babies flat heads and increases chances of hip dystocia, a problem unheard of where they carry babies a lot."

Ugh.

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Is your baby sleeping 5 hours straight at night? That's sleeping through the night. Not the misguided belief of 8-12 hours straight like for an adult.

Formula with "rice cereal" does NOT guarantee sleeping through the night. Even the AAP doesn't recommend it for that reason. That is an old wives tale, just like holding a child will spoil it or damage it.

Only spoilt fruit I know is the stuff that's ignored and left on the shelf not the stuff that is enjoyed and tasted.

Instead of YOU coming up with proof, make her "justify" her statements. Not just "well thats what I've heard..." Put the ball in her court.
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Ummm but does a baby lie flat in the womb? I think not.
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She must be friend's with my Grandpa's wife who swears that if you don't let your baby CIO their lungs will not develop properly :
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She must be friend's with my Grandpa's wife who swears that if you don't let your baby CIO their lungs will not develop properly :
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OMG, is your Grandpa's wife my former mw? She said the same thing to me. I could not believe a mw was saying something so ignorant.
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My DD and I have a chiropractor appt. today. I'll have to ask that question. I'll get back to you. BTW, alot of spinal problems in babies come from birth trauma, exp. in C/S births.
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She must be friend's with my Grandpa's wife who swears that if you don't let your baby CIO their lungs will not develop properly :
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lol...you know it!!!
I always say "well, if crying is good for their lungs then bleeding must be good for their veins, right?"
lol

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Chiropractor says no, holding doesn't cause spinal problems.
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