I guess I'll keep answering as long bjbjbd keeps asking:
I just replied by private email but will post my views here, too.
For 25 years, I have spoken out in favor of keeping male babies intact and have emphasized that not lidocaine, wine nor EMLA protects a baby from pain during circumcision.
I have gotten into trouble with everyone from OBs to Jews by stating that Jewish boys can remain intact and obey 612 of the 613 laws in the Bible.
I have stated publicly and privately that we would not have circumcised our (Jewish) child if he had been a boy. We had a girl. I have the opportunity to talk to thousands of families each year--and millions more if this radio show works--and tell them the same thing over and over again: Circumcision hurts and there are no valid medical reasons to do it and plenty of medical reasons not to do it.
I am proud of my columns for "Fit Pregnancy" and have taken a much more moderate stand about circumcision in that publication when I said that this remains a personal choice. By that I mean, the parents must gather all the information and advice they need and make a decision. I cannot make this the "deal breaker" in my relationship with a mother and father and baby when I have many other crucial things to talk about. This is a large issue but not the only issue. I am a very strong advocate for Attachment Parenting, the Family Bed, vaccine alternatives and natural medicine in general.
My association with Peggy and "Mothering" is a treasure to me and will not post here again if this moderation offends you. (Since I posted this elsewhere a half hour ago, I have changed my mind: I like it here and I'll post here if they let me.)
All My Best,
Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, IBCLC