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http://www.ezzo.info/feeding.htm

Reprinted from the above website:

Infant Feeding Advice

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Babywise and Preparation for Parenting (also known as Let the Children Come: Along the Infant Way) have been criticized by hundreds of professionals in pediatric medicine, human lactation, psychology, anthropology, child development, and theology. Problems have been associated with these programs — cases of slow weight gain, failure to thrive, depressed babies, even hospitalization. Its feeding recommendations were the subject of a warning sent out by the AAP.

The following are some of the concerns experts share :

  • Lack of expertise and credentials. The primary authors of the material, Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo, are self-proclaimed experts. Gary Ezzo has no background or expertise in child development, psychology, breastfeeding, or pediatric medicine, and holds neither an associate’s nor a bachelor’s degree from any college. His master of arts degree in Christian ministry was granted through a program that awarded credit for life experience in lieu of an undergraduate degree.

    Anne Marie Ezzo worked only briefly as an R.N. decades ago. The Ezzos raised two daughters who are presently estranged from them.

    It is unclear what, if anything, Babywise co-author Dr. Robert Bucknam contributed to that book, since versions of the book for the Christian market are essentially the same (though with added religious material) and do not have his name on the cover.

  • Risks for breastfeeding mothers and babies. Breastfeeding on a parent-determined schedule (including a “flexible routine” as it is called in Babywise) may reduce a mother’s milk supply and contradicts the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which has stated, “The best feeding schedules are the ones babies design themselves. Scheduled feedings designed by parents may put babies at risk for poor weight gain and dehydration.”
  • Poor breastfeeding information. Although it is presented as authoritative, the breastfeeding information presented in Babywise is inaccurate and substandard (compare with the AAP Breastfeeding recommendations from the 2005 AAP Policy Statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk).
  • One Size Doesn’t Fit All. All babies and mothers are treated alike without any respect given for individual differences in breastmilk storage capacity, rate of milk synthesis, rate of infant metabolism or stomach capacity.   In actuality, the number of feedings one mother’s body requires in order to supply her baby with plenty of milk each day will be quite different from other mothers around her. Similarly, breastfed babies need varying amounts milk in varying numbers and sizes of feedings, and they do not feed exactly the same way from one feeding to the next in any case. Ezzo seemingly expects all babies to respond in an identical manner.  This is no more realistic than expecting adults to consume the same amounts of food on the same schedule and grow (or lose weight!) at the same rate.
  • A high-pressure presentation impacts parents’ perception of what is at stake:
    • Pressure to maintain the regimen. The rules for sleep, feedings and wake time are portrayed as critical to follow in order to achieve a healthy outcome, while health and behavior problems for the baby, and sleepless nights for the parents, are predicted if the program is not followed. (Flexibility is praised but is described as small, short-term adjustments to the prescribed regimen. Parents are warned against making open-ended adaptations.)
    • Misplaced moral dilemmas. How well the parents and the baby adhere to the program is framed as a moral or biblical issue (e.g. permissiveness on the part of parents, uncooperativeness on the part of the baby).
    • Parents are reluctant to give up on the method. Health care professionals have observed that even when their babies were doing poorly on the program, parents often wanted to stick with it.
  • Essential Reading:

    AAP Media Alert | PDF version
    This media alert was issued after the AAP evaluated On Becoming Babywise.

    “Examining the Evidence for Cue Feeding” | PDF version
    by Jan Barger, RN, MS, IBCLS and Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC

    “Babywise Advice Linked to Dehydration, Failure to Thrive”
    by Matthew Aney, MD, AAP News

    For Further Information

    Critiques, reviews and professional analyses of Babywise and Prep
    Heath Care Professionals Quoted in News Reports
    News reports and media coverage
    Comparisons of Ezzo and AAP Advice
    Personal stories of former Babywise users
    Frequently Asked Questions

This is an interesting news piece on what people do – and don’t do – when they see children being mistreated on leashes.

I am curious how many of our readers have ever had to use a leash and what ages / circumstances they were used for.

http://abcnews.go.com/WhatWouldYouDo/video/mom-puts-kids-leash-12196285

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From Lawyers and Settlements:

February 20, 2010. By Heidi Turner // <![CDATA[//

Nurse Discusses Reglan Use in Infants

Lexington, GA: Terry P, a nurse in Georgia, worked with premature babies in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She says she cannot remember a single premature baby in her care who was not given Reglan, despite the fact that there is still little information available about the long-term effects of Reglan on infants.

Nurse Discusses Reglan Use in Infants“Reglan is used to help with gut motility,” Terry says. “It’s used for premature babies because their bodies are not ready to work like yours and mine. When you try to feed them, their peristalsis [muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract] is not as efficient. Doctors try to boot it up with Reglan.”

However, Reglan is also used to enhance breast milk production, and Terry says infants could be exposed to even greater quantities of the drug that way.

“The thing is, you might be giving the infant only a small amount of Reglan, but when you weigh only 500 grams, that’s a lot of medication to take in.”

“There was one doctor in particular who was a ‘breastfeed your baby or you’ll kill it’ doctor,” says Terry. “Some women can’t do it. Breast milk is the best thing for babies—they can digest it best. But not all women can do it. This doctor was writing prescriptions for Reglan to increase breast milk production.”

Premature babies have a premature neurological system, which means they react to noise, touch and other stimulus by becoming jittery and moving their arms and legs up and down. “Even sound will cause that jitteriness,” Terry says. “But they shouldn’t stay that way all the time.”

Under normal circumstances, the infant can be calmed down. “But if the drug is increasing that jitteriness, they’re messing the babies up by giving them Reglan,” says Terry. “The thing is, they were all on Reglan. There was not one premature baby who was not given Reglan.

“They were given Reglan as soon as feeding was incorporated. Say there is a baby who is 24 weeks gestation—normal is approximately 40 weeks. Once the baby is stabilized and the blood oxygen is good, they start tube feeding the baby and start the Reglan with the feeding so that the gut will contract like a normal gut and the food will move through. That could be as soon as a week after birth.

“The thing is, you might be giving the infant only a small amount of Reglan, but when you weigh only 500 grams, that’s a lot of medication to take in.”

Reglan now carries a black box warning alerting patients to the risk of tardive dyskinesia, especially if the drug is used for longer than 12 weeks. However, some critics argue there is still insufficient evidence to show that Reglan is safe for infants. According to the labeling information, serious Reglan side effects “happen more often in children and adults under age 30,” including uncontrolled spasms of the face and neck muscles, or muscles of the body, arms and legs.

If you have an infant who was treated with Reglan and are worried about potential side effects, contact a doctor to discuss your concerns.

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